Anciients - Heart Of Oak


8.3 | 145 votes |
Release date: 12 April 2013
Style: Progressive metal

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01. Raise The Sun
02. Overthrone
03. Falling In Line
04. The Longest River
05. One Foot In The Light
06. Giants
07. Faith And Oath
08. Flood And Fire
09. For Lisa
10. Humanist [deluxe edition bonus]
11. Built To Die [deluxe edition bonus]

Line-up
Kenny Cook - guitars, vocals
Chris Dyck - guitars, backing vocals
Mike Hannay - drums
Aaron Gustafson - bass

Staff review by
Apothecary
Rating:
8.0
2012 saw a notable number of metal bands releasing excellent debut albums (Hail Spirit Noir's was the best, just throwing that out there), and 2013 thus far seems to be following suit. Anciients in particular, a four-piece out of Canada, seem to have been on a roll with pushing along their releases since their inception. The band only formed in 2010, released their Snakebeard EP in 2011, and now two years later here we are with their full length debut, Heart Of Oak. The band's sound overlaps between stoner metal, progressive metal, and a few extreme metal elements as well, but all come together on this debut to create one truly tasty pie.

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published 27.04.2013 | Comments (7)

Anciients employ an extremely varied and eclectic mix of styles, from blues rock to black metal, that combine together so effortlessly to form what is surely one of the best debut albums of 2013 so far. Heart Of Oak is as unique & ambitious as it is memorable, and will undoubtedly be a hit with any fan's of progressive, expansive music.

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11.04.2013 - 20:51
.Nick
Heard this a couple days ago. Very cool and varied indeed.
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12.04.2013 - 18:51
Panterica
I want it!
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12.04.2013 - 22:44
Rating: 8
Diverge
There's a reason this is a staff pick. Great stuff, done very tastefully.
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13.04.2013 - 01:07
Rating: 7
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Pretty cool. Has an Enochian Theory feel to it. Definitely gonna give it a couple more spins.
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13.04.2013 - 03:10
Rating: 8
Diverge
Written by tea[m]ster on 13.04.2013 at 01:07

Pretty cool. Has an Enochian Theory feel to it. Definitely gonna give it a couple more spins.


Interesting take on that album. I honestly heard nothing on this album that reminded me of Enochian Theory...what made you strike the comparison?
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15.04.2013 - 07:36
Rating: 8
R'Vannith
ghedengi
Man I love the heavy metal tone of those guitars, just the sort I can't get enough of and I associate with bands like Cormorant at its most progressive and Slough Feg.
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15.04.2013 - 19:26
Rating: 9
Susan
Smeghead
This album has been getting quite a bit of attention in the metal press lately. BECAUSE IT'S AWESOME. Don't be left behind: cave to peer pressure and listen now
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"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs
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16.04.2013 - 05:05
Rating: 8
Diverge
Written by Susan on 15.04.2013 at 19:26

This album has been getting quite a bit of attention in the metal press lately. BECAUSE IT'S AWESOME. Don't be left behind: cave to peer pressure and listen now

Well put, hahah.
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19.04.2013 - 01:21
Rulatore
Ugh, I couldnt pass track 4. I expected more from what I've read here
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19.04.2013 - 01:30
Darkside Momo
Retired
Unimpressed at first listen, will have to check it again
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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you" - Ray Bradbury

"I've lost too many years now
I'm stealing back my soul
I'm awake now"
Abney Park (Letter Between A Little Boy & Himself As An Adult)
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19.04.2013 - 03:20
Rating: 9
Nunzie 69
So far this is the best debut of 2013 for me. They seem to take the best of everything to create something all their own, yet still are able to employ emotion. It's going to be fun to see how these guys evolve over time because they are truly talented .
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23.04.2013 - 03:39
Rating: 8
Diverge
Written by Rulatore on 19.04.2013 at 01:21

Ugh, I couldnt pass track 4. I expected more from what I've read here

Haha that's because no one in this thread accurately described the album at all.
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23.04.2013 - 07:00
Pit_Of_Zombies
Saw these guys on the Death To All tour at the House Of Blues in Cleveland, amazing band had my attention for the whole set,picked up their album after they played and hasnt left my cd player since. and oh yea special brownies added to their set being so bad ass too lol
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24.04.2013 - 00:04
Lit.
Account deleted
Written by Pit_Of_Zombies on 23.04.2013 at 07:00

Saw these guys on the Death To All tour at the House Of Blues in Cleveland, amazing band had my attention for the whole set,picked up their album after they played and hasnt left my cd player since. and oh yea special brownies added to their set being so bad ass too lol

Dang I was there, too! Damn good show. Shame I finally came in when the band was just about done.
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02.05.2013 - 13:02
Zaph
The Nothingth
Get a Mastodon feel often. Good stuff though.
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03.05.2013 - 09:37
InnerSelf
proofread free
Written by Zaph on 02.05.2013 at 13:02

Get a Mastodon feel often. Good stuff though.

Agreed, that's the first band I thought of after the first listen. Fun album.
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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19.06.2013 - 01:43
Rating: 8
Unhealer
Eclecticist
I love the guitar work here, it gets a bit repetitive at times sadly.
The last song of the album is the winner.
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23.07.2013 - 02:52
Rating: 9
Korah
Very nice surprise! Big mention to Raise The Sun and For Lisa a very special song
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Don't cry for my English
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07.10.2013 - 15:06
Rating: 9
theembryo
Agreed with Apothecary's review, the guitars are a good sound. "Overthrone" beginning is a spot on cue from Mastodon, among other parts of the release, as already well said here. Therefore I will listen quite often.
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03.02.2014 - 17:16
K†ulu
Seeker of Truth
Intereting combination of stoner doom heaviness and guitar intricasy. Glad to have checked this out. Needs more listens though.
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Savor what you feel and what you see
Things that may not seem important now
But may be tomorrow

R.I.P. Chuck Schuldiner

Satan was a Backstreet Boy
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10.02.2014 - 05:01
Greg L.
Written by Susan on 15.04.2013 at 19:26

This album has been getting quite a bit of attention in the metal press lately. BECAUSE IT'S AWESOME. Don't be left behind: cave to peer pressure and listen now



I caved. Totally worth it!
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