Ecstatic Vision formed just last year in Philadelphia. At a time when most new bands are just finding their legs and sound, they signed to Relapse Records and already have a legendary live show.
The album opener, "Journey," isn't the best song on the album by far. I might have dismissed them based on just that song, but "Astral Plane" is fantastic. It's heavy as hell, funky, and just all around crazy. It goes on for 12 minutes, with a driving beat, rock riffs, horns, and just keeps changing throughout the entire run. For such a young band to have such a fleshed out sound that is so unique while it is completely accessible to both metalheads and indie fans, it's pretty great. You could even give this to your weird cousin who's stuck in classic 70s prog rock and make him a fan.
Sonic Praise is out now on Relapse Records. You can check out "Astral Plane" below. For more information on Ecstatic Vision, check out their Bandcamp, Facebook, and Twitter.