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Although the steady sluggish tempos would suggest that Across Tundras is a doom metal band, it's not that cut and dried of a case — as evidenced by their full-length debut, 2006's Dark Songs of the Prairie. Hailing from Denver, the group is comprised of former members of local hardcore outfits, but their sound is equal parts Neil Young & Crazy Horse jams (à la their classic "Cortez the Killer") and the modern-day ambient metal of Isis. The song structures are long and meandering (some would say even a bit mind numbing), while the mumbled/distant vocals are barely audible — it's clear by such selections as "If God Cuts You Down" that the group's main focus is the long instrumental passages. And just when you think that Across Tundras is all about maxing out the tubes in their amplifiers, along comes a track like "The Old Sexton," which is acoustic based (but yet again, includes mumble-mouth vocals). With their long metallic jams, Across Tundras certainly sticks out from the overcrowded metal pack.


Formed: 2004

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s

Inspired by progressive metal behemoths like Neurosis and Isis, Across Tundras formed in Denver, CO when vocalist/guitarist Tanner G. Olson (a former member of Sioux Falls, SD post-hardcore outfits Spirit of Versailles and Examination) joined forces with bassist Kyler Sturtz and drummer Heath Rave. Their first official release was 2005's Divides EP, which was shortly followed by 2006's Dark Songs of the Prairie album, released through Crucial Blast Records, and featuring...
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