Mini EP Review – Grand Massive, Jex Thorh, Ride The Sun, Sea of Air, Whooping Crane
We don’t cover nearly as much doom on The Soda Shop as we should. For that we are sorry. To make it p to you as much as possible, the first EP reviewed today will be the great Jex Thoth. Their latest 3 track EP is heavy, doomy, haunting and mesmerizing all at the same time. The vocals are dreamy and melting and dare I say, beautiful. The organ sets the atmosphere and the 3 songs flow almost seamlessly from one to the next. You may want to hit the repeat button right away, it’s short, 16 minutes but the songs are so good you’ll be wanting more.
Grand Massive is a 5 piece from Germany. They play a cool mix of metal, southern and hard rock. The guitars are heavy, the riffs are huge and the vocals are loud. Not in your face screaming hardcore loud, they fit the music well and are the right balance. Whether your listening to the opening track, My Parade,” the loud and heavy “Monster,” the rocking “In Me” or the much mellower “Lugen,” you’re getting what is probably Germany’s best kept secret.
A lot of people would argue that the 1970’s was the best time for hard rock music. Normally I’d agree but right now I’ve have to say that now is the best time from music. Why? Well today’s bands take those influences from the 70’s, mix it with what they have now. Call it modernization, call it progress. I call it Ride The Sun. This 5 track EP gets ass kicking with the first track, “Ride” (which is also on the Cowbell & Cobwebs compilation) and doesn’t stop until the last second of the last track, “Goin’ Down.” It’s a hard, heavy and fast EP. You’ll definitely want to crank up the volume on this one. The EP is currently only available digitally through Reverbnation or iTunes.
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