Thursday, August 13, 2009

Eagle Twin - The Unkindness of Crows

Eagle Twin
The Unkindness of Crows
Southern Lord

On one of its albums, Led Zeppelin has a song called The Crunge. If I’ve ever heard it, I don’t remember what it sounds like, but I’ve always imagined that anything called The Crunge would have to sound like The Unkindness of Crows. Eagle Twin’s opus flows like the viscous sludge that oozes from a giant dead alien that’s starting to petrify after being savaged by cruise missiles. Gerard Densley (ex-Iceburn, if that means anything to anybody) tunes so far down he has to bend over to hit the top string of his axe, while Tyler Smith slowly, lovingly beats his kit into putty. Densley’s bizarre vocal style sounds like it’s coming from a Tuvan monk on a Jack & Coke bender, which only adds to the lowdown sound. The songs roll over you like a steamroller made of clay, crushing but not quite flattening and leaving behind a slimy, sticky coating of something pungent but somehow pleasant. Mmm…crungey.

- Michael Toland

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