To support and celebrate their part in Desertfest this April, British sludgers Raging Speedhorn have linked up with US stoners Monster Magnet for a split EP to be released the opening day of the UK festival. It is the meeting of two beasts from either side of the Pond and the union of two tracks which more than reflect their reputation and weight as riff and groove laded protagonists.
The successor to last year’s EP featuring Sons of Alpha Centauri and Karma To Burn, again released to mark the festival, the new Desertfest sponsored 7” split comes via H42 Records and will be available as a limited pressing of 300.
Raging Speedhorn, who are currently in the studio with Russ Russell finishing their fifth record Lost Ritual, start the 7” off with Halfway To Hell. From its first lure of riffs, the track has admittedly already eager ears gripped, inflamed once guitars burst into a feisty rumble under the forceful courtship of meaty rhythms. The grouchily throaty vocals of John Loughlin and Frank Regan only add to the imposing invitation, a tempting really easy to submit to once Jim Palmer and Jamie Thompson uncages their almost toxic grooves and a trespass of a melodic seducing. With the rhythmic predation of bassist Dave Thompson and intrusive beats of Gordon Morrison, the track offers prime Raging Speedhorn bait which is certain to be greedily devoured. Taken from the band’s forthcoming album, it is sure to inflame the anticipation of its release.
Hallucination Bomb is Monster Magnet’s offering to the EP, a track which was obviously born with a growl and has no problem sharing it from its first breath of grisly riffs and portentous air. As with its predecessor, once grooves emerge, even with their prowling intent, ears and imagination are hooked and ready to embrace the familiar tones of Dave Wyndorf. The sultry, almost sweaty, flavouring of guitarists Ed Mundell and Phil Caivano’s melodic tapestry easily captivates with their heated enterprise and landscape reinforced rather than tempered by the rhythmic rapacity of bassist Jim Baglino and drummer Bob Pantella.
Both tracks offer heavy and invasive but fiercely anthemic rock ‘n’ roll cast in their creator’s familiar aural voices honed into fresh designs. The tracks hint at big years for the bands and indeed equally for Desertfest. The words of Raging Speedhorn’s Jim Palmer probably sums it up best; “Having been a fan of Monster Magnet, forever it’s a real pleasure to be part of this split record! We also feel tremendously honoured that Desertfest chose us, as we are big fans of the festival. It doesn’t get much better than this!”
The Raging Speedhorn/Monster Magnet 7” Split EP is released April 29th via H42 Records.
Pete RingMaster 14/03/2016
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