SLC’s Eagle Twin’s hard soulful jams help them stand out among Doom bands. While “The Feather Tipped The Serpent’s Tale” is as sludgy and stomping as the best of them, one of Eagle Twin’s strengths is their ability to hit a groove that is as hypnotic as it is harsh.
The seven songs here are all amped up juiced on memorable riffs. While the two-part EPIC “The Ballad of Job Cain” is clearly the highlight, other tracks, like massive jams on “Snake Hymn” and the more understated “Horn Snake Horn” offer a devastating mix of hardcore riffs and melodic psych.
There is clearly a mythical story told throughout, one that seems to revolve around a sexual rite of passage, but it is the music rather than the lyrics that makes the budding shaman’s ears tingle. According to the press info, the story is a continuation of that begun with their 2009 debut “The Unkindness of Crows,” where “the crows documented in the first album have battled the sun and were burned back down to earth as black snakes.”
Here on “The Feather Tipped The Serpent’s Tale,” the tale “continues mainly on the snake and its various mythic and symbolic incarnations.” Apparently Utah holds many an enigmatic myth. Still, the real meat here is the music. Guitarist Gentry Densley and drummer Tyler Smith do both the epic tale and the duo format proud. “The Feather Tipped The Serpent’s Tale” is a satisfying down-tuned carnivore of a record that will only be more rich and devastating live.