Thursday, 20 February 2014

Top 50 of 2013: No.42: Earthtone9 - IV (Self-Released)

Pretty much nothing can stop the juggernaut that is Earthtone9, a nine year absence just seems to have fuelled their fire which culminated in 2011’s fan funded ‘For Cause & Consequence’ EP, and not breaking from that formula they did the same in 2013 for new album, imaginatively titled ‘IV’. And for a band that released a metal classic in ‘arc’tan’gent’ expectations for me anyway were extremely high, so when ‘March of the Yeti’ literally storms out of the opening gates, I breathe a sigh of relief. Throughout the album Karl Middleton’s vocals veer from huge melodies to bellowing shouts over the top of grooving progressive riffs, how these guys never got bigger back in the day is a mystery, however their cult status is confirmed enough that they have a festival named after the previously mentioned classic. ‘Our Last Sunrise’ takes things down to a calmer level before the band let rip again on pre-album single ‘Horizons End’ welcome back lads, it’s been too long.


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