Across Tundras / Press

“Stated Neurot/NEUROSIS' Steve Von Till: "It is with great honor that Neurot Recordings welcomes ACROSS TUNDRAS to our home. Their past releases have shown immense dedication to spirit and commitment to growth and sonic evolution. Those are traits that we admire and look for when declaring kinship among those also on the quest for emotional release through sound." ACROSS TUNDRAS' Tanner Olson this week also made a statement on his band's induction into Neurot's family: "The opportunity to stand alongside such a talented and driven group of artists and musicians is something we have been working along time for. Neurot Recordings releases the most inspired and original music out there, and its a huge compliment that they see us as kindred musical spirits. Eternal gratitude to the Neurot family for believing in us and giving a proper home to our nomadic sounds." ”

“Two things are apparent when listening to “Old World Wanderer,” the latest album from ACROSS TUNDRAS. First, the Tanner Olson-led band sounds well traveled, as if their world weariness has educated them and given the fellows wisdom many bands that are their colleagues do not have. Second, taking in their music is a fitting moment for a cold ale, not because you’ve tired or frustrated, but because you can almost feel the deep parch in the narrator’s voice, the gritty film that lines the tonsils that can only be washed back by something chilled and relaxing. Yes, the band has done its fair share of mileage, especially when it comes to the Midwestern United States, and their music, which tends to be sludgy, noisy and psychedelic.. Dark prairies and stagecoach drama certainly can be part of the mix, yet so can nighttime stargazing and numb-chested slumber once those brews fully impact the bloodstream. “Old World” also happens to be the finest piece of ACROSS TUNDRAS’ cata”

“There aren’t many American metal bands that tap into their country’s deep cultural heritage quite like Across Tundras have over the span of four albums. The geography, the history and the traditional music all feature prominently on their records, whether on the dustbowl doom vibe of 2006’s Dark Songs of the Prairie or 2008’s haunting, understated Lonesome Wails From the Weeping Willow. Their newest, Old World Wanderer, marks a return to the band’s heavier side, a seamless blend of Neurosis, Crazy Horse and the Anthology of American Folk Music, but unlike the decidedly lo-fi recordings of past releases, the foursome is going for something slightly more refined this time around.”

“Let us start by saying Across Tundras fucking rule. Holy. Fucking. Shit. There's something about their grinding psychedelia-meets-hill-country blues-metal that makes all of the pleasure centers in our acid-fried brain perk up -- maybe it's the dueling guitar shredding or maybe it's the Jesus fish-shaped tambourine. Whatever it is, we like it. Which brings us to our one big complaint for the night: The Muse's ATM was broken. We're rarely in the mood or the money to buy merch, but last night we had plenty of both we just couldn't get the machine to give it to us. Sorry, bands. ”

“Starting with the elegiac “Vanguard Battle Hymn”, the raga-like basslines of Om, the crashing percussion of Neurosis, and the rustic distortion of Earth all converge beautifully on this record, and it never lets up. The ragged lead guitar tones of Crazy Horse’s “Cortez the Killer” highlight the dusky “Fallin’ to the Nethers”, as does Scottie Gilbert’s electric sitar solo near the end. “Weary Travelers Rest” works itself into a vicious, crawling groove, while the country-tinged “Stone Crazy Horse” is given a haunting mood thanks to Shannon Murphy’s distant backing vocals as Olson paints a vivid portrait of South Dakota’s Black Hills. Meanwhile, tablas and Gilbert’s electric sitar add a trance-like vibe to the hypnotic “Rainmaker – Floodreaper”.”

“Up next were Across Tundras — our reason for leaving our imitation Antarctica in the first place — whom we hadn't seen in months. Ends up they were working on new tunes since we last saw them, and lord knows we can't complain about that — the more of AT's unique brand of Morricone-influenced doom-country/Western metal, the better. Imagine if Merle Haggard had been an Okie on Peyote with a magical talisman that let him look into the future and listen to Neurosis — now you've got a pretty good idea why we love this band. Oh, we should note that you download their entire catalog from their Blogspot page and it is SO worth the bandwidth if you have not done so already. Their live shows are always tight and energetic, even when they are in the midst of their deepest dirges, and we highly recommend checking them out next time you have the opportunity.”