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Midnight Ghost Train, The: Cold Was the Ground

One of the promotional pictures of this band shows the trio goofing around with a bottle of mustard and a table full of huge sandwiches. It reminds me of a similar scene from Dumb and Dumber when our two heroes were basically doing the same thing. These guys obviously don't take themselves seriously. Nothing wrong with that; its fun to be weird, maybe even more fun to be messy.

As for the record, it's one of my new favorites. I love sludge / stoner metal and this is definitely an album worthy of wide attention. I've been listening to it off and on all day and I find it just as fresh and interesting as I did during my first listen. The riffs are beefy and wild and the tone is nothing less than the true warmth and wonder of sludge-soaked distortion. There's also plenty of swagger, the kind that comes from real rock and roll grooves. Like Red Fang? This band is a slightly darker version of the Fang, but with lower vocals and plenty of Southern darkness. Fans of Weedeater will also find plenty to enjoy. I also have to toss in a nod to Clutch—these guys have a similar vibe, but it's got longer hair, longer beards, and sweatier foreheads.

Stoners, rejoice! This is a superb recording. Pick it up, find the groove, bang your head, and raise your fists high.

Track Listing:
1. Along the Chasm
2. Gladstone
3. BC Trucker
4. Arvonia
5. One Last Shelter
6. The Canfield
7. Strait to the North
8. No. 227
9. The Little Sparrow
10. Twin Souls
11. Mantis

Added: March 26th 2015
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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