Blitzen Trapper Destroyer Of The Void

Blitzen Trapper Destroyer Of The Void
With an album title like Destroyer Of The Void, it shouldn't come as a big surprise that Blitzen Trapper have gone a little prog. By opening their fifth album with the epic title track, they set a tone and attempt to maintain it, although they soon fall back into old habits, creating a sprawling record that's one part Bob Dylan and two parts Neil Young, with some Southern rock thrown in for good measure. Unfortunately, that translates into more of the same, with the band treading familiar paths they walked with last record Furr. In fact, they utilize that template again, with too many analogous songs ― the eerie similarities between "The Man Who Would Speak True" and "Black River Killer." Destroyer Of The Void is more sidestep than anything else, but it's still enjoyable. They should have the courage of their convictions and embrace their inner destroyer. Only then will they take that next crucial leap forward. (Sub Pop)