If you've ever wondered what Hawkwind may have sounded like if Lemmy stayed, went to lead vocals, and the band stayed on its psychedelic, neo-stoner, path, then you might have California's Dusted Angel and their first full length disc Earth Sick Mind. But that's mostly pure speculation on my part. Dusted Angel borrows heavily from the whole classic heavy metal motif and add equal doses of stoner rock and doom metal, with a glimmer of madcap psychedelic. There's enough images, inspiration and nuances from Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Black Sabbath and, maybe, some Helmet. I think you get the sonic picture.
While evidence of the stoner/doom side of things is self-evident, Dusted Angel offer some intrigue thanks to some diverse and twisting compositions. The Thorn (from the 2009 EP of the same name), Scottstober, and Earth Sick Mind are sufficiently boggling, and sometimes trippy, to keep you both interested and guessing. Nevertheless, what usually happens within each song is some opening prog-like ingenuity only to be followed by the routine: plodding marches of miry metal, with some flashes of that inspiration once more. Clifford Dinsmore's (Bl'ast, Spaceboy, Gargantula) vocals are terribly predicable with a menacing growl over more menacing growls. This alone can add to the potential mundane of Earth Sick Mind. Yet, without doubt, Dusted Angel is one to something good here, starting to get their groove. With their creativity and cleverness, they're adding some spark to the stoner/doom scene. (But they need to work on their cover art for the next album.)
Without doubt, on Earth Sick Mind, Dusted Angel is one to something good here, starting to get their groove. With their creativity and cleverness, they're adding some spark to the stoner/doom scene.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]