Ichabod mixes some 70's styled prog & hard rock with their stoner/doom template on their latest platter 2012, the band's take on the pending 'end of the world' theme. Coming across like some strange hybrid of Clutch, The Doors, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, and The Melvins, Ichabod rampage through 42 minutes of psychedelic sludge on 2012, complete with no shortage of beer soaked riffage, plodding rhythms, and effects laden vocals.
Gotta love the opening 1-2 punch of "Sleeping Giants" and "Giving Up the Ghosts", two massive sounding stoner/doom tracks dripping with 70's psych influences. The 8-minute "Gentlemen of the Choir" is a mind altering acid trip of psychedelic sounds and Sabbathian power chords, which leads into the equally epic cover of Pink Floyd's "Nile Song", given a new twist here with some tortured vocals and doomy riffs. After a few filler spots of sound effects & noise, the band lurches into the rampaging title track, which could have easily been a leftover from Black Sabbath's Master of Reality album, a killer song with a thunderous stomp of a riff that will have you hitting the replay button over and over.
Due to a couple of tracks of complete filler, I'm holding off on giving 2012 a 4 rating, but don't be fooled by the 3.5 here, as this CD holds some seriously groovy, psychedelic stoner material that will certainly turn a lot of heads.
1. Sleeping Giants (4:44)
2. Giving Up the Ghost (4:57)
3. Gentlemen of the Choir (8:10)
4. Nile Song (10:00)
5. Interlude (:18)
6. New Year's Prayer (1:24)
7. 2012 (6:20)
8. 2012 Outro (6:31)