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DEADBIRD
THE HEAD AND THE HEART
EARACHE

Southern doom metal clan Deadbird’s eight-track offering is a bone chilling barrage of dirty dirges that sound akin to Mastodon jamming with Down. Featuring former members of Rwake, this quartet succeeds in keeping the brutality underscored while raising the atmospheric awareness to Isis-like proportions. Tracks like “Mount Zero (is Burning)” employ the stuck in the mud melodics of fellow Southerners Soilent Green and Crowbar, yet take detours into Sabbath-infused jams and Neurosis-inspired noise noodles often enough to warrant THE HEAD AND THE HEART constant plays at top volumes. Carrying an air of melancholy that few bands can muster, Deadbird’s latest is an essential purchase for any card carrying doom metal fan.
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- Mike SOS