Monday, May 13, 2013 at 5:10PM
A furious and infectious maelstrom of doom-infused thrash mastery, Dark Path -- the blazing debut LP from Harrisonburg, Virginia-based EARTHLING -- is out now on Forcefield Records.
Through an organic, blackened, thrashing hybrid of metal drawing influences from across the spectrum of extreme music, EARTHLING has finally captured their corrosive sound on record. A diverse, premier debut offering, Dark Path is a coarse display of the band's terrorizing spirit; a ravenous force that has guided the group through countless shows, relentless demo recordings, and over five years of sheer sacrifice. Recorded by Garret Morris (Windhand, Cough, Parasytic, Bastard Sapling) and mastered by Mikey Allred (Inter Arma, Hellbender, Across Tundras), one can rest assured that this album is well versed in sonic mayhem.
As Dark Path is now available on CD, LP and via digital delivery, Terrorizer Magazine is hosting a stream of the album. Have your face removed RIGHT HERE.
Following their recent Northeastern U.S. tour supporting Virginia brethren Inter Arma, EARTHLING is prepared to forge west this week. With shows booked in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee and their home state of Virginia between this week and the end of the month EARTHLING will share stages with a plethora of rad acts including Zuul, Oblong Box, Across Tundras, Inter Arma, Cobalt and Lord Mantis. Additional tour dates are being devised which will take the band out on the road frequently through the remainder of 2013. Order Dark Path direct via Forcefield HERE.
EARTHLING May Tour Dates:
5/15/2013 Al's Sidecar - Lexington, KY
5/16/2013 Casa Demise - Dayton, OH
5/17/2013 Livewire - Chicago, IL w/ Oblong Box
5/18/2013 Cusumano's - Saint Louis, IL w/ Oblong Box
5/19/2013 Lost Cross - Carbondale, IL w/ Zuul
5/20/2013 Owl Farm - Nashville, TN w/ Across Tundras
5/28/2013 Blue Nile - Harrisonburg, VA w/ Cobalt, Lord Mantis, Inter Arma
"Earthling shifts between various speeds of thrash... Those changes in direction and speed allow Earthling to push each part of the song decisively into the red, so that, just when the whole thing starts to wobble, they transition and regain their footing. The instability breeds the same sort of excitement as a mosh pit, where the risk of wiping out only increases the thrill of serving as a standing pinball." - Pitchfork
“...a ripping blend of crust and proto-black metal riffs that boil from a vast melting pot of extremity; their truly diverse extreme sound also brings with it the incessant need to thrash.” - Terrorizer
"...Earthling’s first full length album gallops at break-neck speed through a crusty, blackened, desolate musical landscape. 4/5" - About.com
"Earthling is quite original. They basically play thrash metal but their take on it is completely different compared to the sound of most thrash metal bands you hear these days. The sound is heavier and contains numerous black and heavy metal influences." - Lords of Metal
"...like bong ripping yourself into a black hole where the other side is the embodiment of Mob Rules era Sabbath with the addition of some major Mega Man shred duals." - Mxdwn
"...a potent blend of Southern riffs and black metal atmospheres, casting off much of that genre’s pretentious silliness in favor of an earthier pummel." - The Aquarian Weekly
"The urgent speed that the band goes at for the most part easily reminds one of the early days of Teutonic thrash, and bands such as Kreator and Destruction quickly come to mind with the extremity that is present on the record." - Heavy Metal Tribune