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Hollow Earth – Dead Planet
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Hollow Earth – Dead Planet

Remember concept albums? Hollow Earth remember and they’ve put their doom laden hardcore sound to its memory. The band based out of the Detroit area venture deep on a sci-ni (science-nihilistic) trip through their sophomore album Dead Planet. Further expanding a concept that started on their Parting Remains EP.

Hollow Earth aren’t alone in their intrepid journey through space and time changes. Joining them on their adventure is Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder,) John Pettibone (Heiress, ex-Himsa and ex-Undertow,) and Tad Doyle of Tad. Who each contribute their respective talents to an album that resonates with Hollow Earths’ affluent songwriting.

Riding with teeth clenching vocals and densely soaked in biting riffs Dead Planet is ready to impact your miserable world with its onerous discord.  Pushing the metallic hardcore sound further and deeper into new and spookier territory. Like a blessing in disguise the intensely styled riffs might miss the lunacy of hardcore with their groovy inclinations but it’s almost destined to hit harder than the heavy-core stuff. Hard enough to see the stars for the sky.

Moreover it’s a blistering power driven album that refuses to stay down, even during its ambient interludes. Where those moments further the feeling of unease rather than giving respite from the strength of the bands’ solid heaviness.  With its more aggressive tones happily sharing the score with ambient layers, giving the dynamics room to dance.

While venturing through thick dense patches of stellar guitar work and painting the sky in softer doom laden rhythms Dead Planet moves with heavenly dissonance. Effortlessly working to create an ominous yet powerful impetus while keeping the listener in mind and doing so tirelessly. It’s the kind of album best played in the dark, with an overactive imagination. Where its synasthetic properties can be given an inverted canvas to tell its story.

If you ever wanted to find out what the evolution of psychedelic rock music was like galvanized then this eleven-track album is a post-lucid experiment in dense atmospheres with natural expressions and binaural modifications. Meticulously arranged in a blend of hardcore, doom and sludge this is a dirty sounding composite of progressive riffs and harsh brutality leveraged in the presence of boundless skill.