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Earthride : Something Wicked

Earthride take us back in time to the roots of what made the music of Black Sabbath so innovative back in the 70s.

It's good to see Earthride back, as the band was more or less put on ice 5 years ago after their great album ’Vampire Circus’. But, like a great song nearly said it: Christs may come and Christs may go, but Dave Sherman is forever. For those of you ignorant in what the man has done for Doom, let's just say that among the many bands Dave has lend a hand to, there was Spirit Caravan and Wretched. And no one should pretend to be a fan of US Traditional Doom if not knowing those two legendary bands.

In Earthride, Dave just sings. And, boy!! How well he does it!! Musically, this is straight Maryland Doom that sounds just like if Y2K never came. The riffing is splendid, full of groove and crushing heat, hot enough to make the tar in your cigarettes infected lungs boil. More importantly, the guitars are all permeated by the most sorrowful Blues one can find this side of the Mississippi. It has been very rare in the 2000s to hear bands going back in time to the roots of what made the music of Black Sabbath so innovative back in the 70s. I'm not talking of slow tempo or of crushing heaviness, but of that Blues that is the river in which all our dreams are drowned in the end. And topping that, Dave Sherman's voice. Burnt by too many cigarettes, bathed in too many bottles of moonshines, burning of a fire that cannot be extinguished and transforming a simple song in pure tribal dance (‘Make Up Your Mind’).

Some tracks are here just to calm things down, albeit with a very menacing twist, like on the great chiller that is ‘Zodiac’. But when all finally become quiet, then this is when the fire starts anew and the listener becomes hypnotized by the dance of the flames. In truth, ‘Destruction Song’ sounds exactly to what Nero should have played on his lyre while watching Rome being reduced to ashes. And when ‘Watch The Children Play’ ends, it's in the kind of apotheosis that make tears flows from your eyes as if suddenly all was good and well. Right after, ‘Grip The Wheel’ brings enough melody and a very entertaining chorus, the kind of which made ‘I Bleed Black’ such a masterpiece some years ago.

I don't care if Earthride take another 5 years to give us a follow-up to ‘Something Wicked’. For they've surpassed themselves here, and brought to life their best album to date.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Something Wicked
2. Hacksaw Eyeball
3. Make Up Your Mind
4. Destruction Song
5. Zodiac
6. Watch The Children Play
7. Grip The Wheel
8. Supernatural Illusion
9. Force Fed Fear

Duration : Approx. 52 minutes

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Reviewed on 2011-09-05 by Laurent Lignon
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