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Maryland doom metal merchants Earthride traditionally takes painstakingly lengthy periods between albums, much to fans of the swampy squad’s dismay. But this quartet always manages to dole out the doom in the most delightfully depressive way, and the nine-tracks found on SOMETHING WICKED follow that motif ardently. Led by the gravelly vocal of Dave Sherman and containing a surge of St.Vitus-esque punch (“Grip the Wheel”) with a smattering of sludgy southern grooves (“Hacksaw Eyeball”), Earthride ascends to their rightful position on the top of heap with copious waves of the unit’s trademarked slow-churned fuzzy, fat and whiskey-soaked organic jams absorbing everything in its path (“Force Fed Fear”).
- Mike SOS