What strikes you at first about Ritual Terrains is the fluidity of the music on offer – it seamlessly flows together as one orchestrated piece of work as tracks meld and reshape together as a cohesive body of sound.
Dead River Kings hail from River Tees in the North, but sound like they’ve more in common with Maryland southern-rock and even elements of the sadly defunct-Bad Guys especially in the throaty vocal delivery and the truckload of riffs they drive up an dump on your porch.
The press release for USA/Mexico’s second album, Matamoros, features the words “once you’re comfortably settled in…” which I have to say is an odd turn of phrase, considering this is a turbulent and disturbing slab of vomit-inducing horror.
It’s great when a band doesn’t take themselves seriously. France’s Sofy Major don’t really fit into the noise rock template – they’re more likely to flush it down the toilet than conform, which is refreshingly brilliant.
It feels odd reporting this, as we don’t really do news stuff, but after discussion with my fellow Keep It Fast-er, we thought it would be only right to pay tribute to Keith Flint of The Prodigy, who sadly passed over the weekend.