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Earthride : Earthride

I've been spinning Earthride's excellent new disc, 'Taming of the Demons', quite a bit lately. It's such an infectious slab of old-school Maryland doom that, hands shaking like a wetbrain with the terminal DTs, I've had to pull their S/T EP off the shelf for a refreshing infusion.

Yep, it's as good as I remembered it to be, a veritable interstate pileup of riffing doom. Comparisons of frontman Dave Sherman's (ex-Spirit Caravan, Wretched) throaty "vo-kills" to Lemmy's are certainly apt, but I don't think Lee Dorrian misses the mark by much, either. Perhaps it's because I saw Earthride live when this EP came out, watching Dave play Dorrian-like with his mic chord/noose, that makes me think so. Guitarist and songwriter Kyle Vansteinburg and bassist Joe Ruthvin's tones are exemplary: fat, warm, and dirty. Stickman Eric Little (ex-Internal Void) pounds the skins with authority, changing tempo effortelessly from more up-tempo sections to embrace the slow, throbbing doom.

The songs are Maryland old-school, through and through. Great druggy, doomy lyrics, downtuned, sludgy tempos alternating with speedfreak breakouts, and 'Sabbath, 'Sabbath everywhere. The cover art features Durer's woodcut of the 4 Horsemen; how doomy is that? Earthride are building a dark tower over the bleak land of trad. doom, and this EP is the impenetrably strong foundation.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Earthride
2. Black
3. Enter Zacfreyalz
4. Weak End

Duration : Approx. 24 minutes

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