Earth Tongue: Great Haunting (digital outlets)

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Earth Tongue: Great Haunting (digital outlets)

In another guise Earth Tongue's Gussie Larkin (guitar, vocals) is upfront with Mermaidens but in Earth Tongue with drummer/singer Ezra Simons she indulges in a love of Goth-kissed prog-rock and riff-heavy stoner rock (which can sometimes veer perilously close to a straight-faced Spinal Tap).

Influenced by horror movies and such – title include Out of the Hell, Bodies Dissolve Tonight, Grave Pressure, Sit Next to Satan and so on – Great Haunting is a lot of rowdy, heads-down dark and dirty psychedelic boogie.

Fuzzed-up, raucous rock'n'roll which frequently dispenses with melody in favour of a declamatory chant, Great Haunting hits like a Hammer.

But over the long haul it broadcasts on much the same frequency the whole way. Disappointing. 

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You can hear and buy this album at bandcamp here.


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