Ringo Deathstarr - Shadow
Though it's only for four songs, it is great to have new music from Ringo Deathstarr to report. "Shadow EP" hits the ground running with deafening glorious feedback and distortion. The band seems to have an endless supply of riffs and an ever-growing collection of fuzz pedals.
"Shadow" is a relentless opener, with genius pounding drums, swirling guitars and vocals that are buried in the mix somewhat. Lyrics are beside the point. This rocks as heavy as anything they've done. "New Way" is no less chaotic, though there is a more driving groove, and here it is the bass that propels the percussion, or I should say bludgeoning.
The dreamy shoegaze of "Prisms" is fine but a disappointment; after setting your ears ringing and bleeding with the first two tracks, this is even hard to hear.
The "Twin Peaks" cover "Just You" closes things with a jaded pop feel and eerie backing vocals that do justice to the sounds of that landmark life-changing series.
And then the 12 minutes are up and you can either leave "Shadow EP" and go about your business or give it another spin, which will allow you to spend almost a half hour with Ringo Deathstarr. I think a full-length is in the works, but until then this is a loud and feverish reminder that the band is still peaking.
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