Earthship are a Sludge/Stoner Metal band from Germany
The members are:
Bastian Gutschke: Bass
Dennis Boettcher: Drums
Robin Staps: Guitar
Jan Oberg: Guitar, Vocals
Earthship blasted their way into our vortex in 2011 when they released their superb debut album – Exit Eden. It was warmly received by fans and critics along for it’s mixture of Sludge, Doom and Stoner Metal with a slight progressive edge.
Well the guys are back with their even better follow up – Iron Chest. A 10 song opus that runs for a superb 42 mins or so. Earth Ship have brought in a cool prog sludge rock vibe to their music.
The album plays more a slight homage to Isis, Neurosis and Mastodon. 3 of the finest bands to grace the Sludge Metal scene of the last 20 years or so. But Earthship still add their own great ideas to the genres. They play a mixture of Doom, Sludge and Stoner Metal that is virtually impossible to ignore.
First track – Old Woman’s Gloom – shows you what to expect. A 4 minute brilliant blast of Progressive Sludge blended in with awesome modern Doom/Stoner Metal riffs.
If you like this track from the start then your in for a treat. As this album follows the same sort of path of playing excellent Sludge/Stoner Metal riffs with a slight Post-Metal edge. But done in a more robust and less time consuming time frame. The songs run form 3 mins to 5 mins in length.
If you’re a fan of Mastodon’s – The Hunter then you going to find much to enjoy here as it follows the same sort of template but with more aggressive and better vocals that suits the fast paced riffage going on.
Earthship have out done themselves here. As this album is a brilliant blast from start to finish. They know exactly what needs to be done. To rock the heck out and entertain the listener from start to finish
It’s not all sweetness and light. Earthship do feature some bleak lyrics in their music to portray an eerie and atmospheric atmosphere at times. Especially on the amazing track – Boundless Void – which is probably my fave track on the album.
As it has some of the best riffs on the album especially at the start before the excellent vocals kick in. It shows how talented these guys actually are.
I don’t want to spoil anymore of the surprises for you. All you need to know this album is an outstanding collection of expertly written tracks that will have you coming back for more.
As you expect with the talent involved, this is one brilliantly produced all-round package. Everything is played loud, crisp and clear and shows off the bands talent for playing superb Sludge/Stoner Metal riffs from start to finish.
Even the album cover is excellent. Fit’s the albums tone perfectly well. You know your in for a great time and this is an essential purchase.
My final thought is you need to check out this album right now. Earthship have released their best material to date and this is one band that I want to get bigger and bigger. As they truly deserve it.
Awesome and Highly Recommended.
Iron Chest is available on Pelagic Records and is available to buy from 15th October 2012 and from all good stockists everywhere.
Big Thanks again to Pelagic Records for letting us review this great album. Much appreciated.
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