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Earthride: Taming Of The Demons

Mötörhead on barbiturates. Well, not quite. There's a lot more going on with this Maryland-born-and-razed band than the fact that their singer, Dave Sherman (ex-Wretched) sounds eerily like Lemmy. There's that buzzbomb bass, courtesy of Joe Ruthvin, and the (ear)ringers multiply from there like the first litter of Schrödinger's cat. (Have you ever wondered what quantum catnip would be like? But I digest).

Okay, maybe the point is that they do sound a hell of a lot like Mötörhead, but that's a good thing. They also sound a bit like Entombed. That's good too.

In other words, these tracks prove as tasty as Southern-friend doom/stoner metal gets -- I'm surprised this is a Southern Lord release as opposed to say, Meteor City. At any rate, whether you're in the mood for heavy Satanic psychedelia spiked with plenty of Jimi Hendrix-style headfuzz, bottom-heavy COC-meets-Crippled Lucifer-meets-eyehategod style riff damage, or even faster stuff, Taming of the Demons has got a track for you. More fun than being a masochist interior decorator sharing a prison cell with Martha Stewart (as opposed to beating a sharp stick in the eye -- only a one-eyed man can honestly speak to that condition), this album defines the state of the art in naval-gazing sludge. Recommended.

Added: June 29th 2002
Reviewer: Alex S. Johnson
Related Link: Southern Lord
Hits: 6487
Language: english

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