OLD MAN LIZZARD / EARTHMASS “THROUGH THE HOLE IN THE SKY” 7″

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Through The Hole in the Sky is a very contrasting EP. The first half of the EP is done by country-sludge maestros Old Man Lizard, while the second half is done by the very awesome Earthmass. Old Man Lizard, like Corrosion of Conformity, are masters of being able to perform different styles while retaining their band’s distinct sound. First song ‘Rollgar’, at only a minute and twenty six seconds long, is a nice punchy little number that plods along like one of Hannibal’s elephants off to war. Next the band channel Baroness and Clutch for ‘Beelzebeer Blues’, a slower more melodic song that kicks a lot of ass. Perfect for sitting on your porch having a pint when surveying your swamp.

The Earthmass section is standard Earthmass, so in other words, incredibly beautiful. The sole track ‘Myrka’ sounds like an unreleased track from their earlier release ORMR (reviewed here), no criticism for carrying on this trend. Everything about this track is beautiful, the spacey progressive metal projects a mesmerizing astral voyage, like something from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Looking at my ceiling in the darkness while listening to this made me feel like I was star gazing, I used this word a lot but this instrumental track really was beautiful. Earthmass clearly are a band that deserve to be heard by all progressive fans, the real tragedy is not that Earthmass’ segment is only one track long, but they are not at a greater height than they already are.

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Weight 100 g
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CLEAR WITH BLUE SPLATTER