Oct. 9, 2017


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The Pitch: Arizona sludge and doom band Horse Head release a new EP FFO Red Fang, Eyehategod, Rwake

What I Like: The opening moments of this EP hit you like a one-two from Mike Tyson.  First come the riffs: a sludgy union of Helmet, early Incubus, and perhaps even a little Cobalt.  These guitars are a destructive force of nature fully prepared to raize everything in their path, but disguised as an infectious groove machine.  And as if that wasn't heavy enough already, the vocals come in for the kill.  Throat wrenching screams conjure the lightning clash to the thunderous boom of the bass.  They are among the most harrowing sounds I have heard to come from a human being.

Critiques: Horse Head aren't the most original of bands, and their sound feels a little bit one-note across these 4 tracks.  Some further variation is certainly in order.  And while they've got the impact aspect of their music down, there's definitely room for growth in the songwriting department.

The Verdict: Terminal is a crushing EP that will steamroll you into an uidentifiable puddle of viscera.  The band would do well to experiment a little more with different sounds and paces, as with the latter part of "Ghost Hunter," but that doesn't stop their music from being enjoyable.  Stream it HERE.

Flight's Fav's: Inferno, Throne of Lies

-Review by FlightOfIcarus

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