Res­o­nant Sun PELAGIC Berlin-based stoner rock­ers fill their tank to the brim

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums. Lives. Merch. - EDWIN MCFEE

The fifth al­bum from these Berlin-based stoner/doom mer­chants con­tin­ues the power trio’s ex­plo­ration of their more prim­i­tive and direct side. As sub­tle as a sledge­ham­mer to the face and play­ing to Earth Ship’s con­sid­er­able strengths through­out, the eight-track Res­o­nant Sun is their catchi­est, most im­me­di­ate of­fer­ing to date, which, at times, plucks a few pages out of Nick Olivieri’s Mondo Gen­er­a­tor song­book.

New tub-thumper Se­bas­tian Grim­berg steers Res­o­nant Sun with con­sum­mate ease and puts in a com­mand­ing, per­fectly weighted per­for­mance, par­tic­u­larly on the mag­netic ti­tle track, which is full of ex­plo­sive drum fills. The in­creased use of clean vo­cals also adds an hyp­notic edge to the likes of the thun­der­ously heavy Bar­ren and the Alice In Chains-flavoured Dor­mant. Whiplash is an­other high­light and the ram­pag­ing, aptly named ef­fort sug­gests a pos­si­ble crust-flecked fu­ture for the three-piece. FOR FANS OF: TORCHE, MONDO GEN­ER­A­TOR, DOWN

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