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Starchild : Stairway to Heavy: Live in NY 2004 (Live)

Ever since I was laid out with a broken back in the hospital a couple of years ago, I've been a champion of Starchild's brand of cosmic doom, and I hope to keep it up until I die or the sun goes nova, whichever comes first. See, I can attest to the healing power of great music like this, because I sincerely believe that without the likes of Starchild, Penance, and Negative Reaction for my bedside inspiration, recovery would have been a much longer and more arduous process.

Some may see hype in this pimping, but I stand behind every word, because the adrenaline and endorphin rushes I get from this music are the genuine article. In fact, I wish I could push them even harder, because if there were any justice in the world, Starchild band members wouldn't have to sell their cars to pay for their rockin', know what I mean? They shouldn't have to worry about money to get their tuneage out, but that's life in the underground, eh?

Regardless, Twin Earth has seen the wisdom in releasing a new album by these Waycross, Georgia doomsters, and it's a step forward, while retaining the doom roots that have made them great. Viewing song titles like 'Rising Star', 'Earthless', and 'Born into Eternity' one might be forgiven for assuming that this was just another chapter in the Starchild saga, good as that may have been. But things are a bit different this time: The songs are shorter and the riffs are catchier - stonier if you will - while the music is still as heavy as the proverbial million pound shithammer. 'Bride' starts things off with an easy, chugging space doom feeling with vocals in a lower register. A great idea that, although I admit that vocalist and guitarist Rick's straining, higher-pitched vocals have never bothered me like they do some. But hey, I listen to Ozzy-era 'Sabbath and Planet Gemini on a regular basis, so what do I know? Heh. Anyway, 'Rising Star' is a catchy rocker, while 'Earthless' and 'Will You' will appeal to "old school" Starchild fanatics, with their punishing cosmic doom. In all, the playing is better than ever before, with superb leads and songwriting that takes a back seat to nobody.

As groundbreaking as their first album was, even the Ramones couldn't make the exact same album over and over again. Nor should they. Starchild has expanded their pallette without forgetting what made them great in the first place. What did Waycross ever do to deserve a band like this?

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Bride
2. Rising Star
3. Love
4. World Without End
5. Earthless
6. Will You
7. Bleed
8. Eternal Summer
9. Behold
10. Born into Eternity

Duration : Approx. 40 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kevin McHugh
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