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Eagle Twin: A Thundering Heard

Eagle Twin’s third album delivers nearly an hour’s worth of heavy doom that demonstrates not only their increasing mastery of songwriting but also their power to evoke strange and arid soundscapes. This is important because part of the band’s inspiration comes from Utah’s dead salt seas, those uncanny places where life and death intersect. If you listen to this album’s first track, “Quanah Un Rama,” you’ll get a sense of what the band does with that kind of material. I’ve been to some of those dead salt seas and I think the band definitely creates the right sound to describe them.

If you’ve never listened to Eagle Twin before, the music is best described as a slow stampede. The music is tight, heavy, and rumbling and is performed beautifully. The band is a duo made up of Gentry Densley (throat and guitars) and Tyler Smith (drums). Densley’s vocal style (he calls it “throat”) is low-end and menacing in ways that are consistent with doom metal but they also have a chant-like quality that is quite compelling. Calling it “throat” makes sense. He performs from deep down in ways that blur commonsense ideas of singing. You can hear it really clearly throughout “Heavy Hoof” but it’s everywhere on this album. His throat performances make for interesting listening, but it’s also important to the band’s interest in mythmaking and shamanism. Those terms aren’t always clear, but I think the band means that their music invites thoughts and moods that go beyond simple entertainment. In that light, this band succeeds. They have a depth of purpose that comes through each song in ways that definitely give them an edge. You can hear much of that depth on this album, particularly on “Elk Volfv Hymn” and “Antlers of Lightning” but it isn’t limited to those tracks. For listeners who just want doom metal, something without the extra components, there are plenty of killer riffs here as well. Ultimately, this is a masterful new release from a band that is intricate, tight, and heavy. This is definitely an album work checking out.

Track Listing:
1. Quanah Un Rama
2. Elk Wolfv Hymn
3. Heavy Hoof
4. Antlers of Lightning

Added: May 4th 2018
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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