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Rintrah: Salt of the Earth

Rintrah are a four piece band from Tennessee who play a sort of psychedelic/stoner/post rock/metal hybrid, and are now following up their 2010 EP Hold Dear the Ember with their debut full-length Salt of the Earth. Fans of Kyuss, Baroness, Mastodon, ISIS, Queens of the Stone Age, Tool, and even some prog rock like King Crimson and Pink Floyd, should easily gravitate towards Salt of the Earth. This is an album of shifting textures, ever changing moods, atmospheric at times, furious at others. "World and Man" fluctuates between crushing metal and brooding post rock, while "Dead Black Hearts" takes the sound of early Mastodon & Baroness and throws in some slight prog & black metal elements. The guitar work throughout is spot on, whether they are delivering crushing stoner/doom riffs, blazing tremolo picked cascades, haunting chordal passages, or passionate, lilting slide guitar moans. They pack most of these into the 8-minute "The Dog Star", and the even longer title track allows the band to weave plenty of textures and moods throughout its 9 minute run length. I'm not however completely sold on the vocals on Salt of the Earth. The more gruff passages (not quite an extreme metal growl, but close) are well done, but at times the clean vocals have a certain lazy whine to them that gets annoying in spots. The good thing is this is only relegated to a few songs, and they make the whole package work on the excellent closer "Separated".

Overall, Salt of the Earth is a pretty strong release, and shows a band that surely has a lot of potential to grow. Check it out.

Track Listing
1. World and Man 06:55
2. Dead Black Hearts 05:52
3. Like Suns 05:18
4. Moments Loss 02:13
5. The Dog Star 08:18
6. Circadia 03:11
7. Masters of Our Fate 05:39
8. Salt of the Earth 09:25
9. Separated 07:25

Added: February 2nd 2014
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band @ Bandcamp
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Language: english

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