PopMatters: Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket – In A Dutch Haze

I reviewed the Roadburn jam session between Earthless and Heavy Blanket for PopMatters:

But this isn’t 10 or 15 minutes long. It’s an hour. An hour of free-form exploration that inevitably goes off course and has no chance of reaching its destination, assuming one was ever planned for in the first place. Mascis and Clise have plenty of ideas and the skill to execute them, though it sounds that perhaps they hadn’t told each other where those ideas led. Far too often both seem to want to be the trailblazer, and though their sympathies keep them together enough to never fall into a cacophonous clatter, the tension it sometimes brings isn’t a positive one. A few times the rhythm kings are able to assert themselves. Rubalcaba gets insistent around the 23-minute mark with a steady pulse and a series of cymbal crashes, and with the help of Eginton’s repeated bass figure is able to bluntly force the guitarists to regroup. It’s a role he plays in Earthless as well, though with a much greater subtlety than he’s able to display here.


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