Album Type: EP
Release Date: May 2012
Label: Totem Cat Records
1). Earthride 6:27
2). Black 5:09
3). Enter Zarfreyals 4:03
4). Weak End 7:46
5). Fighting Devils Inside You (Live) 4:54
6). Hacksaw Eyeball (Live) 5:22
7). For Mere Remains (Live) 5:57
Earthride are a doom metal band of the lowest order, from Maryland state U.S.A.
The four piece have a traditional doom setup with,
Dave Sherman on vocals
Kyle Van Stanberg on guitar
Josh Hart on bass
Eric Little on drums.
Earthride play fuzz heavy, groove laden down tuned doom.With vocals that make Lee Marvin sound like one of the Tweenie's.Formed in 2000 just before Spirit Caravan's sad departure from the doom/ stoner scene (with whom Dave played Bass).
The band recorded this E.P. and released it on their own 'earthbrain' label, the same year. Dave is quoted on the sleeve notes telling us he was selling this E.P. on the road whilst playing the last Spirit Caravan gigs.
Here we go, scream if you wanna go faster, Earthride take us straight into the title track with a gravelling, grooving riff that wont let up, or let you off for that matter. This E.P. starts off at a mighty thundering pace, with Dave's gravelly vocal accompanying a tight fat low ended rhythm section. This song makes me want to straddle a hog and thunder down a highway, shades on, helmet off.
Black, starts off with another nice repetitive riff at about the right bpm for some morning glory. The solo comes in halfway through, nice and polite, only to come back a bit later on with even more points to make. Enter Jacfreyals is the shortest song on the E.P. at around four minutes. Dave takes a rest and lets the band happily jam some nice chubby licks.Weak end, is the most doomed song on this E.P., riffing bleakness out of the speakers until Kyle comes in with a solo that makes it all a bit demulcent.
Kyle Van Stanberg's guitar tone is simply to die for, I think he drill's hole's in his valves and fills them with cream. :) With his sweet wah heavy solo's sweeping effortlessly in and out of these big chunky fat riffs. Dave's lyrics tackle drug crazed demons that invade your home and mind, even Ozzy would pretend he's lost his keys.
Did I mention that Earthride's overall sound is something akin to maybe Motorhead? If they themselves decided to take the dark path of doom.
The original four tracks are re-released with three quite awesome live tracks, one song from each of their full length's. The live tracks mix well with the studio tracks, with good production and mastering.
This E.P. is out now on Totem Cat Records. I leave you with word from Dave Sherman "Fighting the Devils Inside You" and "We're only here because of Black Sabbath". Never a truer work spoken!
Written by John Slaymaker
Written by John Slaymaker
I'd like to say a big thank you to Totem Cat Records for hooking us up with this excellent record. Please check the link below for info about the band and the excellent Totem Cat Records.