The Seattle-based band emerged in 2008 with the debut Life’s Trade before flirting with obscurity at the hands of personal trials and tribulations. But Samothrace have returned, reconfigured and resilient as ever, with a two-song, 35 minute expanse of sonic darkness that crawls, rages, intones, and dirges with a new fire and a youthful fervor that belies their seven-plus year tenure.
The opening track, “When We Emerged,” dives and soars, casting titanic themes above sparse vocal roars. The follow-up, “A Horse of Our Own,” enters more spacey territory, looming atmospherically over the course of 20 minutes and showing the versatility inherent in this quartet.
Samothrace may have teetered perilously on the cusp of anonymity for a time, but their return is not only welcome, but it is clearly – and loudly – announced on Reverence to Stone.
Reverence to Stone is out now on 20 Buck Spin.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars