Two tracks, 12 minutes, no messing around.
Black Blood of the Earth is a nicely meaty track that combines a love of heavy rock with stoner and psychedelic influences. I like the alternating harsher vocals with clean ones. Both are performed well and fit the music to a tee. This is a well-written song that uses enough stoner tropes to be familiar, but not so many as to become stale. The band have a nice groove going throughout, and the mid-song jam section works well. Over the last two minutes of the song the music gradually winds down and fades away…
…before A Sunken Place starts us up again with a nicely warm and fuzzy riff. The song is a bit grumpier and fouler-tempered than its predecessor, but still retains its personality and charm.
Blue Heron remind me somewhat of a less heavy mix of Floodgate and Eyehategod, combined with some Orange Goblin and a desert rock band or four, which is no bad thing at all. In fact, both songs take me back to the 90s and in a lot of ways this release has quite a nostalgic sound for me.
Blue Heron are clearly enjoying themselves on this release, and I can’t say I blame them. There’s a lot of promise on this brief EP, and I look forward to hearing more from the band in the future.