This band has seemingly emerged from nowhere. Virginia based, psychedelic doom thrashers, Earthling have released their debut album Dark Path and metal fans everywhere are still absorbing the sheer originality of it. If you’re looking for a hamburger look elsewhere, because Dark Path is a goat curry. There is no such thing as straight up metal anymore it seems and Earthling is exploring territory seldom charted. With blackened thrash style vocals, thrash/sludge riffs, doomy breaks and Volume 4 era Sabbath soloing, Earthling is a feast for the senses. Despite the bands apparent love the “subgenre”, their debut album never confuses the listener with experimental mumbo jumbo, instead delivering a groovy thrash injected doom to bearded stoners and conjuring images of marijuana smoke-filled rooms and broken bottle fights at biker parties. Tracks like Losing Sight send the listener through a maelstrom of resonance, ranging from headbanging riffs to head swaying, arm flailing psychedelia. Subgenre or not, nothing about this band feels contrived and if the debut release gives any indication of future releases, Earthling will have a promising career. For now though, put on your denim vest and your cowboy hat and join me in the swamp with Earthling. Happy Listening. Hails!
You know those albums in your collection that you play over and over. Those bands you follow religiously. For me, Hour of 13 was one of those bands. So you can only imagine my disappointment when the band went on hiatus months back. I am proud to announce, however, that doom laden traditional rockers, Hour of 13 are actively recording again and will soon embark on their European tour, sans powerful yet controversial vocalist, Phil Swanson.
Chad Davis (the brains behind Hour of 13) will be taking over vocals, making Hour of 13 a one man project. Session musicians, John Mode and Dave Easter will fill in on bass and drums for live performances. Phil Swanson will continue to work with Seamount, Briton Rites and Vestal Claret. It seems to me, we can say goodbye to unreliability and cancelled shows, as Phil seemed to be the issue here, consistently complaining about the “lack of tour support”. I’m both curious and excited to discover Chad Davis as a vocalist. Here is a glimpse of Chad on vocals live in Chesapeake, VA. Happy Listening. Hails!