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  • Summary: The latest album on the Temporary Residence label for the Oregon quartet.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. The Grails have once more pushed their own sonic terrain, where all that is familiar to them is woven into a gorgeously textured fabric with all that could be envisioned by them at this point in time, with the listener as the true beneficiary.
  2. Doomsdayer's Holiday shows a band pushing the limits of psychedelic post-rock and testing the boundaries of post-metal. [Dec 2008, p.142]
  3. 80
    Their full-length follow-up to 2007's "Burning Off Impurities" is a multi-textured out-rock masterpiece. [Jan 2008, p.101]
  4. On Doomsdayer's Holiday, the haze is even thicker, and the album represents a sort of endpoint to their journey: taking place in utter blackness, it is their most alluring and impenetrable trip yet.
  5. Doomsdayer's Holiday is certainly a step in the right direction in terms of balancing the eclecticism that marred "Burning Off Impurities," and it has some amazing moments, but the album as a whole is too nebulous to be complete nirvana.
  6. There's a lot of great moments here, but is the least consistent album from the group in awhile.
  7. Its ultimately about serving the power of the jam, an aesthetic of which Grails have a solid grap. [Year end 2008, p.82]
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  1. AllenK.
    Jan 4, 2009
    9
    Another progression, or diversion, for this ever-morphing band...it is, nonetheless, a mighty creep of dark, musical energy, like the most Another progression, or diversion, for this ever-morphing band...it is, nonetheless, a mighty creep of dark, musical energy, like the most intense sections of Mirza's "Iron Compass Flux" thrust to the moon. The music goes that far, while the wide-screen clarity of production locks this album in deep-level listening. Expand