An ambitious outfit, Earthside delivers what hardcore Prog fans love––uber-tight musicianship, unpredictable time sigs and nary a nod to mainstream tastes. The band’s 10-minute “Mob Mentality” has all of the above (a cinematically soft prelude, funk-rock workouts, neo-classical interludes and a battery of complex rhythms––not to mention lead vocals by Sevendust’s Lajon Witherspoon and support from the Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra). “Crater” and “Closest...” are similar in their ambition and turn-on-a-dime execution. At the end of the day, though, it all might leave listeners more worn out than dazzled. Nevertheless, Earth- side might be an excellent fit for the visceral immediacy of video game soundtracks.
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Style: Progressive Rock