Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Earthless - Black Heaven, album review

Radar Alert

With echoes of Amboy Dukes [pre redneckness to detract from the music] and Grand Funk Railroad in and among the more generic reflections of heavy metal, this is a fine heavy rock album. Some of those ancestor sounds are in the occasional harmony vocals – not that this is unusual in heavy rock – but I just hear it, perhaps because I want to, looking for something a little different, not that it has to be. Otherwise, it is riff-driven, like Electric Flame, and in all there is much scorching guitar work by Isaiah Mitchell, and plenty of wah-wah [listen to the brisk Volt Rush for some real fire] – the drumming is dynamite. And the title track is over eight minutes of instrumental bliss.

From what I have read, this is a significant shift from their previous as a band and may alienate many fans. I wouldn’t know. Perhaps because it taps into a kind of rock I like, as hinted above with my precursor radar, I am impressed with the songwriting, singing and playing, especially that guitar gusto. Closer Sudden End again has some melodic vocal harmony in the chorus, setting up the sweet guitar soloing.


  1. This is one heavy killer rock album.I have been digging this alot