THINNING THE HERD
Self-professed hard rock psyche metal troupe Thinning the Herd are hands down one of the most hard working and visible rock units working the Big Apple scene, as it’s difficult to not see their stickers plastered everywhere while romping through the Lower East Side or not run into them on any heavy music bill in the Gotham City clubs. Luckily this NYC trio backs their massive guerilla marketing campaign and ubiquitous presence up with a musical output that warrants all the fuss as evident on their latest endeavor, the massive eight-track OCEANS RISE. Honestly labeling their music, this act lays down a thunderous backbeat that shares as much with Blue Cheer as it does Soundgarden while a dastardly amalgamation of doomy blues (“Plight”), fuzzed-out psychedelics (“Defiler”), grungy post metal (“Wide Crossing”), and ‘70s arena rock (“My Wake”) pours from the bass and guitar like a molten lava mix of Danzig, Melvins, and Kyuss. Skillfully carving melodies from primal slabs of meat and potatoes rock while showcasing a fierce fearlessness to jam out whenever they please, TTH retains a sense of savagery without sacrificing catchiness, in turn creating a smorgasbord of sound that any self-respecting fan of heavy music won’t be able to deny.