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This band has seemingly emerged from nowhere.  Virginia based, psychedelic doom thrashers, Earthling have released their debut album Dark Path and metal fans everywhere are still absorbing the sheer originality of it.  If you’re looking for a hamburger look elsewhere, because Dark Path is a goat curry.  There is no such thing as straight up metal anymore it seems and Earthling is exploring territory seldom charted.  With blackened thrash style vocals, thrash/sludge riffs, doomy breaks and Volume 4 era Sabbath soloing, Earthling is a feast for the senses.  Despite the bands apparent love the “subgenre”, their debut album never confuses the listener with experimental mumbo jumbo, instead delivering a groovy thrash injected doom to bearded stoners and conjuring images of marijuana smoke-filled rooms and broken bottle fights at biker parties.  Tracks like Losing Sight send the listener through a maelstrom of resonance, ranging from headbanging riffs to head swaying, arm flailing psychedelia.   Subgenre or not, nothing about this band feels contrived and if the debut release gives any indication of future releases, Earthling will have a promising career. For now though, put on your denim vest and your cowboy hat and join me in the swamp with Earthling.  Happy Listening.  Hails!


http://www.myspace.com/earthlingva

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