The Roller

Wasted Heritage (Cyclopean)

Texas Platters

The Roller

Wasted Heritage (Cyclopean)

Eons of doom and sludge fossilizing in the Roller's eponymous 2007 debut harden like Mother Earth on Wasted Heritage. Four-song full-length in a vinyl gatefold, the local metal quartet's second LP crisscrosses its wall shakers. At two songs per side, the opener of both slows to a crawl, building Sabbath-like on 10-minute A-side beacon "Candle Black," larynx caw Mike Morowitz calling the slo-mo mosh mantra: "Grow. Rot. Build. Destroy." Likewise, side two crossover "Passage" ("In death I am alive") works a chanting cadence into its half-life peyote drip. Both tracks are then met by hardened magma. A slight uptick in tempo on the scalping "Of Feather and Bone" somehow doubles the Roller's density, as if moving ever so slightly faster contextualizes the music's massive scale that much more. Fourteen-minute "White Wing" opens with a slight surge then quickly dirges. Colossal. Welcome to prehistory.

***.5

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More the Roller
Texas Platters
Metallurgy
Animal Saturday, The Roller, Rise, Sweet Skull (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, June 6, 2008

More Music Reviews
Top 10 Box Sets of 2018
Metallica
... And Justice For All (Deluxe) (Record Review)

Alejandra Ramirez, Dec. 7, 2018

Texas Platters
Portrayal of Guilt
Let Pain Be Your Guide (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Nov. 23, 2018

More by Raoul Hernandez
ACL Live Review: Metallica
Live Shot: Metallica
Hardwired act to follow

Oct. 7, 2018

ACL Live Review: Greta Van Fleet
Live Shot: Greta Van Fleet
The Darkness 2.0

Oct. 6, 2018

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

the Roller

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle