Saturday, May 25, 2013

Earthling - Dark Path


From: USA
Year: 2013
Genre: Metal

Robert Anton Wilson once said "What the Thinker thinks, the Prover proves." When it comes to trying to classify Earthling this quote holds especially true. Thrashers say they're thrash, doom fanatics swear they're a doom band and even kvlt black metallers try to take them for their own, but to my ears Earthling are just a metal band, and a damn fine one at that. Sure they can thrash their balls off, drag you through the mire with epic doom riffs and stoner jams, trade shredding dual guitar leads over blast beats followed by dirty tremolo picking that has as much to do with crusty death metal as black metal, sometimes all in the same song. (and thats not even all the tricks they have up their sleeves) But they balance everything so well that they never lean in any one direction too heavily. Even the vocals would lend themselves to black or death metal, but more along the lines of proto black and death circa 84 similar to Possessed or Bathory. In fact if four metal heads jumped in a time machine and wrote an album in 1984 this is what it would sound like. Its unpretentious with a classic metal vibe while utilizing all the elements that have come to define extreme music in the 21st century. This will undoubtedly be one of my favorite metal albums of the year. For fans of Bathory, Bolt Thrower, Electric Wizard and Slayer. If that doesnt make you wanna listen to this then you dont like metal. If you like what you hear show these southern gents your support and buy a copy from Forcefield Records. Click here to listen to the album on Soundcloud. Or check out a demo version of "Losing Sight" in the video below.


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