Blitzen Trapper's fifth full-length album opens with the Portland, OR-based sextet's most challenging song to date, a sprawling six-minute prog rock epic that will draw forth from the lips of critics words like Queen, Bowie, ELO, Tull, and Beatles. Technically impressive and immaculately arranged and performed, "Destroyer of the Void" removes the kitchen sink from the equation early in the record, which helps pave the way for Destroyer of the Void, the album, to unfold. Frontman Eric Earley's obvious love of the Beach Boys, Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young hangs like a fog over the Void, and his reliance on redemptive, outlaw, and biblical imagery often feels like Nick Cave and 16 Horsepower without the torrential brimstone. Album highlights arrive in the form of murder ballads ("The Man Who Would Speak True"), lush desert hymns ("Heaven and Earth"), and Doors-inspired highway rockers ("Dragon's Song"), all of which feel lived in and appropriately sepia-toned.
Performance CreditsBlitzen Trapper Primary Artist
Alela Diane Background Vocals
Heather Woods Broderick Strings,Background Vocals
Kelly Meyer Strings
Technical CreditsGregg Williams Engineer
Mike Coykendall Engineer
Peter Broderick String Arrangements
Eric Earley Composer,Producer,Artwork
Heather Woods Broderick String Arrangements
Liliana Adams-Villatoro Artwork
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