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Starchild : Split Single (Split with Stars That Move)



If there's anything to be said for being laid up in the hospital for 3 weeks with a broken back, its to note that there's plenty of time for listening to CDs amongst the painkillers and therapies. I was fortunate, because Starchild's CD was among my stack of goodies, and I quickly learned that these Georgia doomsters are among the best and brightest to be found anywhere these days.

You might say that if High on Fire were a doom band, they'd sound a lot like Starchild. As it is, Starchild sounds much like the almighty 'Sabbath of yore, say about 1971 or so. The vox sounds like Ozzy before he went off the rails, with some extra reverb mixed in. As far as the guitar and bass go, well, what can you say when confronted with such a mighty wall of distortion? Not much, except "turn it UP!!!" The drums keep things galloping along at a moderate, doomy pace except for some breaks in the last tune, 'Truth', where they really turn up the heat. The tuneage on this CD goes from long to longer, great to greater, as the 3 songs unfold. 'The Futurist' starts off with a cool feedback wash before getting into the doomy goodness complete with SF-influenced lyrics. And it just gets better. By the time we get to 'Truth', we're in the fabled Kingdom of Heavy, where dinosaurs stomp with abandon and the music is only of the highest quality. Hey, there's even an evil burnout ending! Ya gotta love it alright.

If you're interested in the upcoming crop of doomsters such as Orodruin or YOB, or love trad doom of any stripe, you'll count yourself lucky to have Starchild in your collection. They've got the name, the look, and the musical goods. Do it now!!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated

Information

Tracklist :
1. The Futurist
2. Wings
3. Truth

Duration : Approx. 17 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-2003 by Kevin McHugh
Hate Your Guts Records
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