Saturday, June 18, 2011

Ancient VVisdom - A Godlike Inferno


Ancient VVisdom
A Godlike Inferno
Shinebox

In the mood for some heavy Satanic folk rock? It’s not an urge that strikes a body that often, but when it does, Ancient VVisdom is there for you with A Godlike Inferno. Led by ex-Integrity drummer Nathan Opposition, the Austin trio (sometimes quartet) mixes acoustic guitars and minimalist percussion with power chords and soaring solos, as if a brooding stoner rock band showed up to its rehearsal space to find half of its equipment stolen. Opposition lives up to his name, thrusting a middle finger toward the establishment by constantly singing the praises of Lucifer in a ragged croon that probably gets him more girls than fellow travelers. (Or maybe not – it’s hard to see how a lyric like I’ll make you see demons that were not there could get anyone some trim.) Regardless of whether you buy into the extended claw of infernal friendship or not, the band’s firm grasp of minor-key melody is shockingly enticing – don’t be surprised if you find yourself singing along with songs called Lost Civilization, Necessary Evil and The Opposition. Mood music, to be sure, but apt for those dark nights of the lost soul.

- Michael Toland

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