Howls From The Hills
Label: Xemu Records
Dead Meadow's sophomore effort begins with a mellow, psychedelic jam of layered drones that sound like war sirens off in the distance before sporadic drum beats fall like chunks of hail over distorted wah-wah guitar and heavy-lidded vocals. "Dusty Nothing" ushers in the rock with slow and sludgy rhythms holding up Jason Simon's reedy, weedy crooning. "One And Old" is a stormy, 10-minute epic laden with an opiated heaviness not heard since Black Sabbath's "Planet Caravan." The aptly titled "Dusty Nothing" is reminiscent of Marky Ramone's stint in Dust, a hard rock band from 1968.