THIN THE HERD-Mournful and Overcast (A Wrench In The Gears, LP) Tune it low, bash it out, with crusty aplomb. A Swedish-influenced blast, accompanied by howling from a pair of vocalists (one of 'em doubles on guitar) and it's a pretty powerful assault. Only 7 songs here so it's stretched out a bit but doesn't become ponderous. Mournful and overcast fits the mood—the guitars kind of hang over everything like a thick dark cloud and the lyrics, railing against a decaying world (as you'd expect) complement the heaviness. Sometimes, such as on "Bitter Ashes," there's no buildup, just an immediate speed-driven pillage. Quite an impressive package, too, with a gatefold sleeve, haunting artwork and fold-out poster. You can't get THAT from an MP3 download!
Price: 9 euro
Availability: 3 copies