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Starchild : Planet Caravan (Single)

I've been rolling around in an ecstatic fog of cosmic doom lately. No sooner did I get to hear a promo copy of Starchild's upcoming album, then the band contacted me to see if I wanted to hear their newest 4 song demo. Huh. Let me think about that for a minute. New material by one of the world's best doom bands, a band I've pimped on numerous occasions for anyone who'd listen? Needless to say I fried my modem, scrambling to type in the fastest "yes" since God asked Phil Collins if he wanted to sell out his legacy for a sack of gold.

If you want ruthless objectivity, you'll have to go elsewhere. Starchild has once again hit pay dirt in a big way. This is their slowest, most churning, doomiest work to date. All the patented ingredients are there: blues-based doom riffs serving up walls of guitar distortion, clean vocals singing of cosmic themes, a precise and Diplodocus-heavy rhythm section, and a vibe that combines the 'Sabbath old school with an updated feel that somehow equals timeless heaviness. 'Rainbow' begins with a slow drum intro, eventually joined by doom guitars that create a molten, ponderous, slo-mo sea of distortion. 'War of the Worlds' continues the theme while adding in a certain apocalyptic vision and some ripping guitar. The disc ends with 'Burn into Eternity', another masterpiece of cosmic, epic doom. The thing's a slow burner, like a cosmic rush slowly rising up your spine to explode in a stab of strobing blacklight in your medulla oblongata.

I'll keep saying it as long as it seems necessary, or until they prove me wrong: Starchild is the best purveyor of stoned-out, cosmic doom around. It's too bad that they have yet to release an album on a "real" label; hopefully 12th Records will change all that ASAP. Until then, everyone should reserve a place for them in their Top 5 of 2003, 'cause they certainly deserve it.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Rainbow
2. War of the Worlds
3. Psychonaut
4. Burn into Eternity

Duration : Approx. 25 minutes.

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