Ghastly Sound – Self-Titled

Misdirection. Sleight of hand. Tools used to create confusion often, and especially so, in the name of showmanship. This type of confusion that has fueled many a magic act over the years and a variant of it is on display on Ghastly Sound’s self-titled EP. There are times that bands span genres and styles over the course of their career to keep fans slightly off-balance but rarely do bands try that on an album, let alone an EP. Ghastly Sound says “hold our drink” and proceed over the course of four songs to throw a lot of influences and ideas at the wall on their debut.
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Serpentine Path – Serpentine Path

Sludge and doom can often go hand in hand. Both have very similar stylistic values and their live shows are very similar, with loud guitars downtuned beyond normal string gauges, a wall of amps (usually Sunn), and epic-length songs. Enter new sludge/doom band Serpentine Path, a band featuring members of Unearthly Trance and Electric Wizard. Coming from such a pedigree should lend credibility and confidence in their prowess in the genre, but would they live up to all the hype?