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Earthless - Black Heaven album review

San Diego’s tripped out power trio finally find their voice

Cover art for Earthless - Black Heaven album

After years of releasing instrumental stoner jams in small batches of two or three extended tracks at a time, San Diego’s peyote-eyed power trio have adopted a more conventional approach on their fourth studio outing. Most notable is the introduction of guitarist Isaiah Mitchell’s vocals, and it’s a change so welcome as to beg the question: what the hell took them so long? On the utterly ripping End To End, Isaiah’s soulful vox dovetail seamlessly into the band’s smouldering electric blues attack, while Electric Flame showcases a mighty encapsulation of the speed and potency that gather when the trio fall into their rhythmic pocket. Recorded in the same studio where stoner rock pioneers like Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age cut their teeth, the new material erupts with vitality and inspiration. Closing with the slow psychedelic burn of Sudden End, Black Heaven is a trip well worth taking.

Joe Daly
Joe Daly

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.