Roundtable Review: Withered by Earthship

earthship_withered coverAlbum: Withered

Label: Pelagic Records

Release Date: Sept. 15th, 2014

Songs: 10

Length: 34:18

Genre: Sludge/Doom

Studio Albums: Exit Eden (2011), Iron Chest (2012)

Location: Berlin, Germany

WarpRider – Earthship is beyond your standard sludge-rock / metal outfit. From deadly dose of death metal to the finger-snapping groove, Earthship embodies the best parts of a couple genres to make sludgy concoction that I think will be a treat for not only the die-hard sludge fans, but also those like the more brutal metal. 3.5

RiffRaff – Taking a page from the Mastodon book of melodic sludge (heard especially on records like Remission and Leviathan) and spinning it with that sludgy hardcore feel of earlier The Ocean records and the doomy sludge of YOB, Earthship have really grabbed my attention.  In fact, during a year filled with outstanding sludge/doom releases (and a new Opeth, my favorite band, album), I’m amazed I have been spinning this as much as I have.  Each of the songs don’t waste time getting to the punch and deliver pummeling riffing accentuated with great melodies and catchy leads.  I really enjoy how the band employs a good amount of technicality without crossing over into prog metal wankery.  The only downside to this record is it only clocks in at just over a half hour really making me wish for more.  But I do guess quality trumps quantity, and Withered is chock full of quality.  If you dig on any of the previously mentioned bands or sludge in general, this is a must own record and one that has a great chance at landing on my year end best of list.  4.75


Irmelinis – The lush layers and rhythmic guitars really bring Earthship’s melodic, clean sludge to life. The hardcore influences and death metal elements that pop up occasionally makes it interesting and easier to listen to than most other sludge albums. Including nice, screamy vocals and tons of groovy groove. Also, check out the extremely beautiful vinyl version at Pelagic Records. 3.0


ChristopherMammal – This sludge is as deep as the Marianas Trench, as dark as my home town in Zululand when the power utility hits us with one of its random rolling blackouts, as viscous as the axle grease I use to lubricate our sliding main gate, as heavy as a small continent and as varied as the overcast sky on a moonless night in the countryside. The songs could all be part of one suite based on one musical theme. I don’t mind that too much because sludge metal is best when you brain isn’t working normally (I admit nothing about brain-dampers). There are tempo changes, but don’t let them distract you. 3.0


A Metal State of Mind Score – 3.6 out of 5


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