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Sonic Prayer

4.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Stoner rock heroes Earthless are from San Diego. The bandmembers are drummer Mario Rubalcaba from Clikitat Ikatowi and Kawabata Makoto's Hot Snakes, bassist Mike Eginton from Electric Nazarene, and guitarist Isaiah Mitchell from Nebula. The trio plays a brand of slow, prodding, jam-heavy guitar freakout and bass throb echoing everyone in this scene. The difference, however, is that Mitchell can actually play the hell out of his guitar. Droning, thudding space jams are Earthless' trip du jour, and they do it shockingly well. There are two tracks here, Flower Travelin' Man (an obvious tribute to Flower Travelling Band, though they sound nothing like them) and Lost in the Cold Sun. The first cut reaches deep into riff territory, with Rubalcaba's constant beat-heavy atmospherics providing a leaping-off point for Mitchell, who does his best Hendrixian psych-blues wail. Eginton is the somnambulist laying down a repetitive, hypnotic line for over 20 minutes as the guitar overload carries the day. What's different about Lost in the Cold Sun is the obvious Sabbath influence in the riff, but what Mitchell does with it is stellar - pulling out all the stops, bending notes, squalling them, and pulling the volume knobs off his amp while spiraling down, down, down into the netherword of ecstatic darkness, alternately playing half-speed and triple-timing the rhythm section for 21 minutes. This stuff isn't for everybody, but when it comes to stoner rock, these guys have a niche all their own and this record is one of the very best of the genre. --Thom Jurek, AllMusic
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  • Audio CD (April 26, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gravity
  • ASIN: B0007UDCCG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,717 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Earthless live is an endurance trial, both for the audience and the band. I don't mean this in a negative frame at all. Live, the trio that is Mario Rubalcaba, Isaiah Mitchell, and Mike Eginton, is a high energy Mack truck spiraling at you full throttle. The music itself is reminiscent of the more exciting rock groups of the sixties and seventies, existing somewhere between Europe's Magma and Black Sabbath. But even this analogy doesn't come anywhere near to justice when describing these guys. Live, these guys are just plain fun. It's a tight, instrumental concoction of both deliberate destination and improv (I've yet to see two Earthless shows that are exactly the same). It's forty to fifty minutes of talent that only seems to improve as the sweat breaks and pours.

Being so blown away by their live shows I was worried about this CD release. To experience Earthless is to see them live and, while the CD delivers, I still cling that belief. However, the recording offers a clearer view of each members talent. Rubalcaba is the unquestioned master of the skins here and Mitchell slays forty minutes of original and highly emotive guitar leads that would leave most guitarists whimpering...honestly, it's tough enough coming up with a thirty second guitar lead but to crank one out that hits the forty minute mark and never approach boredom simply deserves respect. And one cannot dismiss the level-headed, metronome that is Eginton. But while the recording is clear and mastered well, I was still left slightly empty, perhaps missing the energy I remembered from their live onslaught.

This is Earthless. This is two tracks that draw upon fond memories of youth that I can no longer live out. This is a recording that leaves you thirsting for another live performance.
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Imagine a reallly cool song-ending that just keeps building up
until the really big finale that blows you away...Now, pick that
up with a piece of silly putty and stretch it out until it's say,
25 minutes long. There are two tracks on this album. Every time
you think the guitar can't go any further over the top, it climbs
another hundred feet up and cannonballs off the edge again. Truly
a fun ride; like a rollercoaster that's 15 miles long but never
gets boring.
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This was one I took a chance on and picked up on a whim ..twas not disappointed! Basically it's a fairly long two-song instrumental EP; the Immigrant Song-esque chugging of the opener, Flower Travelin' Man. And side B, the doom-tinged, significantly spaced out Lost In The Cold Sun. Crazy tight rhythm section belting out hypnotic drones festooned with fanatical guitar soloing/noodling. Obviously not covering new ground, yet is marked with the telltale vibe of authenticity. Not to be confused with seminal drone pioneers, Earth.
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For two days i listened to nothing else..far out....imagine a great soundtrack for a heavy acid trip...this is it....buy it ...digest it...bet ya come back for more...very well could be the beginning of a new psychadelic era ushered in by earthless..
davino martino
arcata drum meister
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When I first heard the song, "Lost In The Cold Sun", I was floored on how good the song is. The song was one great jam session with lead guitar. As a guitarist myself, I was hooked. Then I went on You Tube and listened to, "Flower Travelin' Man" and loved that song as well. I get into long jam session type songs, especially in this genre. Not only does Earthless remind me of Zeppelin, Sabbath, and Hendrix, but throw in some Robin Trower and Tommy Bolin as well. I urge you to get the album, CD, or the files and play it repeatedly. Earthless' other 2 studio releases, From the Ages and Rhythms From a Cosmic Sky, are just as great.
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This release is made up of two twenty(+) minutes instrumental rockers, full of loud guitar backed by a great solid rhythm section. If this type of music is up your alley, you should think of getting something by this band. All are really really good. I purchased three studio albums in mp3 form. I can't decide my favorite between this release and "Rhythms from a Cosmic Sky". I think they are equally good and satisfying when wanting to rock out. My only complaint comes in their 3rd studio release ("From the Ages") in that I think the title song is just a bit too long and the bass pattern is a bit too redundant. But these things don't bother me as much as they may sound in this review. They also have a live release which I've yet to hear but am greatly interested in. If you love distorted loud guitar noodling over a solid rhythm section, you'll love this release.
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