I’ll be honest with you, I fell in love with these guys even before I heard a single note of their music. The cover art coupled with the fact that the promo promised me everything from punk, through Iron Maiden to progressive stoner metal just meant that I had to listen to this album. Lo and behold, I got exactly what I wanted. God How I Envy the Deaf is a tight little album, effortlessly running the gamut of all the styles mentioned above and doing it with a fair bit of grace as well. As “Filth Castle” shows, the single which we’re delighted to premiere today, the band rely on a light-hearted spirit and plenty of groove to make the whole thing gel into one. Head on down below to dive in and I’ll see you after.
That was lovely, wasn’t it? The groovy riff which pops up after the intro, the slowdown after the middle of the track which leads to that nasty solo, the punk-tinged vocals. It all just coalesces into a chaotic, feedback-ridden, high octane ride and a half. The album is just as scattered, in the best of ways; often it will dig deeper into the stoner elements hinted at on this track. Sometimes, it doubles down on the Clutch influences, channeling that aggressive brand of American rock that’s become the band’s staple. And then, at other times, it just lets rip, freeing those punk underpinnings in a mess of glorious revolt and fury.
If you like what you hear (and, honestly, why wouldn’t you) you can head on over here to pre-order the album. God, that cover art really is amazing, isn’t it?