Earth Ship – Hollowed album review

Sludgy Germans Earth Ship uncover some melody in their monstrosity

Earth Ship, Hollowed album cover

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The moniker suggests the sort of druggy jam-rock best played in open fields for acid-powered hordes of shirtless men and twirling girls in gingham dresses.

In fact, this bruising German metal crew have spent the past six years conjuring a wholly modern and powerfully corrosive amalgam of death metal, grunge and glacially paced doom that calls to mind an off-the-rails Lamb Of God-meets-Alice In Chains collaboration.

Formed by Jan Oberg, former drummer of The Ocean, the band’s 2014 opus, Withered, was an uncompromising manifesto of sonic devastation. Hollowed pushes their sound into richer, more melodic territories without sacrificing any of the startling heaviness that underpins their first two records. Reduced To Ashes showcases their penchant for sludgy, monolithic riffs, while Castle Of Sorrow seethes with gale-force tempos, topped off with bursts of groove metal. Yet beyond the aggression, fragile lyrics gorgeously illustrate that within bleak, darkened realms you can find things of terrible beauty.

Hailing from San Diego, California, Joe Daly is an award-winning music journalist with over thirty years experience. Since 2010, Joe has been a regular contributor for Metal Hammer, penning cover features, news stories, album reviews and other content. Joe also writes for Classic Rock, Bass Player, Men’s Health and Outburn magazines. He has served as Music Editor for several online outlets and he has been a contributor for SPIN, the BBC and a frequent guest on several podcasts. When he’s not serenading his neighbours with black metal, Joe enjoys playing hockey, beating on his bass and fawning over his dogs.