For a duo, there is a quite astonishing amount of weight behind the music of Salt Lake City’s Eagle Twin, whose third album growls like pebble-dashed treacle bubbling from beneath tectonic plates at the bottom of the ocean. By designing and using their own HEX Electrics brand of handmade amplifiers, pedals and guitars, the band ensure that their sound is exactly as they want it; as thick as humanly possible; and by definition, like no one else out there. Add to that a loose drumming style that seems to lazily slide off the cymbals while simultaneously furiously pounding the skins, and you have one of the year’s most interesting releases on your hands.
Combining the blues of Midnight Ghost Train with the sludge of High on Fire and the doom of Earth, the four songs that make up The Thundering Heard (Songs Of Hoof and Horn) pack a surprising number of twists into their 40 lysergic minutes, creeping like vines round the base of a giant monolithic temple. From the War Pigs-aping intro to Quanah Un Rama through to the ambient fade-out of Antlers of Lightning, which seethes like Nine Inch Nails covering The Prodigy’s Beyond the Death Ray, the overall sensation is that of having a cheese grater dragged slowly back and forth across the mind. Essential listening for anyone that was disappointed by The Midnight Ghost Train’s bizarre forays into lounge jazz last year.
The Thundering Heard (Songs Of Hoof and Horn) is available 30 March via Southern Lord