"'Reverence to Stone' is crafted with the utmost care and precision. That may seem odd, considering that these songs are lengthy by normal standards, but in the realm of doom metal that's a standard occurrence. Unlike the kind of doom that crawls its way into the inner temple of the brain, Samothrace plays it loose with the tempo on "When We Emerged" and "A Horse of Our Own".
When the band escapes from the drudgery, it finds an upbeat and exhilarating path on the other side. With the hard to understand screams from guitarist/vocalist Brian Spinks leading the fray into the gloom the genre freaks know and love, “When We Emerged” begins in a roundabout fashion. Around halfway through, the guitarists decide to send us a present of fist pumping solos and extra momentum. Bassist Dylan Desmond even gets a distorted-heavy solo in there."
"Both songs have these type of moments, which helps to keep the songs as lively as possible. “A Horse of Our Own” can also make claims to the talent that Spinks and Renata Castagna possess with their guitars. The solo at the 10 minute mark has to be one of this writer’s personal favorite ones heard in a while. It all fits in without jolting the music away from the rigid fear bought in by the looping feedback.
That’s not to knock the doom-centric portions of the album. A wrecking drone pattern breaks down the closing minutes of “When We Emerged,” the static generating negative energy like a misanthrope at a speed dating session. The minimalistic clean break that extends for a while on “A Horse of Our Own” builds up on the skills of each individual musician. They all have their own thing going on; the light percussion echos in the back, the rhythm guitar keeps the pace, and the lead guitar jams out licks better reserved for a stoner metal album."
"Though not what one would consider to be an album of extraordinary content in terms of time, “Reverence to Stone” has more volume than albums twice its length. Samothrace lets the listener into their bleak world, and once the first step is taken, the band takes over one’s mind for the duration of the album. Any doom metal fan would be insane to pass up “Reverence to Stone,” one of the best albums to come from the genre so far this year. Wading through all the ideas that are planted in the two songs will take days, and the value of them extends far beyond that period."