Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Earthride - SOMETHING WICKED

EARTHRIDE
SOMETHING WICKED
EARTH BRAIN RECORDS

Why use lyrics and strings to orchestrate Doom when Earthride have arteries and veins? Dave Sherman has composed a circulatory symphony with his Maryland highway doomraiders on 'Something Wicked' thats igniting all sorts of underground hype and controversary that everyone and their housewives want in on. His abrasive, crass n roots vocal approach reminds me of a bloodhound vs convict manhunting chase that leads the men and blodshot hounds into a dark swamp, full of eeire sounds, tricky corners and adrenaline-rushing six-string stampede over a 9 track course. Two words describe the titled track, Something Wicked; thick and muggy. "Watch The Children Play" hits home in a heavy way. The sleeve insert graphics are thanks to the blood, sweat, tears and bones crushed throughout the past ten years using varous X-ray slides of the members body parts and donated organs. In profuse sweaty support of 'Something Wicked', Earthride drove their 2010 Maryland plates across the latitude and longitude grids of The United States to share what only comes natural to them; Doom logic, and nine tracks of it of it, which is precisely why Dave Sherman called Doom Metal Elder and Spirit Caravan comrad, Sir Wino to the testamonial altar to perfrom on the eigth track, "Supernatural Illusion". I see personal and professional growth in Earthride in a prolific way that really projects thier talent and you can't ask more out of release, whether you're playing music for personal or professional purposes. From his earlier works in Wretched and Pendulum, Sherman has stayed true to his homegrown origins in the birthplace of Doom in Maryland, outside of Washington, DC and where fear is force-fed by military officials who cant make their minds up and where War is what they breed. His grounds alone give him enough constitution to nominate him a forefounding Doombringer of the genre while he could stand to be the only Maryland resident, Doom veteran living their these days now that the earth's poles have shifted all band members elsewhere. It sounds like a simple solution to supporting the pollution which reflects on other songs on the album, such as, "Destruction Song" which expresses various depths and inside perception of the band's tar ridden, excess smoke-inhaled lungs. Earthide huff and puff, but 'Something Wicked' is extremely capable of blowing your minds.
~Smutstrutter


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