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Reaching Empyrean (Black Locust)

By: Mike SOS

Ichabod's second sojourn into the sun is titled REACHING EMPYREAN, and the six tracks adorning this disc are swirling pieces of savory mid-tempo stoner rock. There?s a whole lot of dirge-y, droning melodies here to keep the mood dark and brooding, and the sludge factor from the rhythm section is right on point. Sounding like The Melvins, Trouble, and some early NWOBHM can never be a bad thing, and Ichabod succeeds on tracks like "Succubus" and "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" by invoking all of those band?s spirits without directly ripping off any of them. Keeping it slower and lower than many of their contemporaries, Ichabod?s caustic musical offering is welcoming to riff-worshippers and purveyors of the pummeling sounds of stoner rock everywhere.

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