Earthship
Iron Chest


4.0
excellent

Review

by Magnus Altkula STAFF
November 22nd, 2012 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: On their second full-length album, these German metallers bring us an array of juicy riffs to heabang to

Entering the scene in 2011 with their debut album Exit Eden, Earthship got into a fast start. Boasting hard-hitting riffs and interesting song structures, Exit Eden was a solid first effort, but more than that, it was a great building block. Earthship prove that on their 2012 follow up, titled Iron Chest, where everything has been kicked up a notch. The riffs are heavier and juicier, the production is louder, and the continuously changing time signatures give Iron Chest some real staying power. What was done well on Exit Eden is done admirably on Iron Chest – one of the great sludge/stoner albums of 2012.

There’s not much else one needs to know about Iron Chest other than it riffs and it riffs hard. It’s sludgy stoner metal with an occasional doomy vibe – aka it has been done before about a million times, but boy it still tastes good when done well (like a fat, juicy steak). The aforementioned unorthodox time signatures give the whole thing a quirky feel, upping its replay value, and the groovy, heavy, stoner-tinged guitar riffs keep the listener coming back for more. Just listen to the title track – the main riff just grabs you into a headlock and refuses to let go (and the soothing solo in the middle of the song ain’t bad either). Despite me saying that Earthship’s sound is entirely familiar, Iron Chest has so much going on that not once does the feeling of boredom creep near – even if the riffs are the focal point here, the song compositions are damn cool as a one big whole. It may be a tried and tested style they play, but that doesn’t mean Earthship can’t or don’t add a little something something that makes them stand out from the crowd. Varying vocal techniques (with the gruff vocals having some real grit in them), multiple guitar layers and energetic drumming all make Iron Chest so much more than your run-of-the-mill sludge/stoner album.

Riffing its way into our mind (and soul), Earthship’s latest only further proves that enthusiasts of the genre should keep a keen eye on this highly promising German band. With Iron Chest, Earthship show that they can make two great records back to back and elevate their sound in the process. Taking this into account, I wouldn’t be surprised if their third outing would turn out to be a real masterpiece already. Definitely belonging among the cream of the crop this year in the sludge/stoner field, Iron Chest is a very satisfying metal album through and through, so grab a copy and headbang away, because this one deserves it.



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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2012


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just a quick write-up so this wouldn't fly totally under the radar here. It's good stuff.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2012


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's not gay. If it turns out to be gay, well, I don't know what then, but it isn't. I swear!

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2012


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh yea of course

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2012


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah you better I don't take no for an answer.

Tyrael
November 22nd 2012


20971 Comments


Ah styles good to see you're still alive haha

jayfatha
November 22nd 2012


2882 Comments


I've had this for a little bit, should prolly listen to it now since their first album is alright

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2012


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah Tyr, still alive and kicking haha

EDIT: definitely jayfatha, this is better than their debut and if you liked that one, you're bound to like this as well.

Essence
November 22nd 2012


3595 Comments


On their second full-length album, these German metallers bring us an array of juicy riffs to heabang to


you're the coolest heabanger i know

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2012


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Next time you come down here we'll definitely catch a good show!

greg84
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2012


7464 Comments


Great. I may check this one out. There's no such a thing as too much stoner rock.

CaptainDooRight
November 22nd 2012


30334 Comments


pos on rev

jus listened to iron chest and its not my thing, vox were a big turn off for me, I did enjoy some of the riffs but they weren't that amazing imo

it's a personal thing but I could def see how someone could enjoy this

NastyCrab
November 22nd 2012


328 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I streamed this the other day and really had trouble getting into it. I didn't find the riffs to be particularly engaging (except occasionally) and those clean vocals were downright bizarre. Pos'n it doe.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 23rd 2012


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree that the clean vocals are really bizarre here, but they weren't a turn-off for me. Imo they've even got a cool psychedelic quality to them.

Thanks for reading guys.



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