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Cobra Sunrise (Distruktor)

By: Mike SOS

Comprised of former members of seminal Sacramento, CA metal troupe Will Haven, alongside ex-members of Tinfed and Oddman, Ghostride is a quintet whose undisputed musical prowess pours out of the 11-track Cobra Sunrise like hot lava from a volcanic explosion. Leaning on the stoner/ desert rock side of the fence, yet at times retaining the jagged staccato aggression of Will Haven, this disc has the hypnotic potency of Sabbath, yet dually displays the stark beauty of Soundgarden, as tracks like the cascading groove of "Bear Trap" combine syrupy guitars and lush melody. Ghostride is the type of band that can write a song like the pummeling "Diamondhawk", yet still excel on cuts like "Spearment Whino" where the band expertly exhibits the wherewithal to pull back and let the music breath a life of its own. Somewhere between the post hardcore jabs of Helmet and volatile aesthetics of Deftones come Ghostride, a band on the fringe of cracking heavy music's upper echelon.
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