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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Mini-Review: Second Gear Grind- "Grayscale" EP

Fusing elements of dirty southern heavy rock with Kyuss-inspired stoner rock, Second Gear Grind from Christchurch, NZ have created a unique 3 song EP that will stupify the listener. The first track "Carpet of Smoke" is a fistful of bruising southern sludge complete with heavy keyboards. Second song "Black Swan" starts off quick then settles into a blistering groove. Third track "Grayscale" starts off with a wah-wah heavy beginning riff then slows down the tempo with some scorching guitar then ultimately crushes you into oblivion. You can not help but notice the Down influence amongst these songs, even in the vocal delivery, albeit a bit on the grungy side.  These guys have a tremendous upside and should be heard.  The band is currently hard at work on a full-length to be released hopefully by the end of 2011.

The band has recently secured a spot opening for The Melvins and High on Fire at Al's Bar in Christchurch Feb.21, 2011

Second Gear Grind's second EP "Grayscale" is now available for international mail order and at Penny Lane Records. Email cage_of_nails@hotmail.com or michael.cheer@gmail.com to order.

I have 2 copies to give away to the first 2 people to send me their address. Open to U.S. residents only.



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