Premiere: Dead Is Dead – “Earth As It’s Slowly Consumed By The Sun”


If you’re a fan of Neurosis, Isis, or old Baroness, make sure you check out this monumental premiere from Dead Is Dead.

Not gonna lie, sludge is one of those peripheral sub-genres for me. Often seen mingling its way into the broader realms of doom and the many shades of stoner & psych, sludge’s influence tends to be overlooked by many. This is something I’m certainly guilty of. Even though it’s not something I actively seek out, when it presents itself I invariably find myself quickly sinking into its viscid morass. Admittedly, when first reading the name Dead Is Dead there was a knowing nod to self, wrongly assuming this was going to be some kind of ignant knuckle-dragging hardcore. And while the trio’s pounding aggression certainly packs a punch, ignorant it is not. Over the course of its 9 minute run-time, album finalé “Earth As It’s Slowly Consumed By The Sun” progresses through as broad a soundscape as some contemporaries take full albums to traverse.

Ephemeral clean passages do little to soothe the abrasive angst-laden ire of their distorted counterparts. With barely a recurrent riff to be found, each minute harbours a mood of its own. From forlorn chordal marches similar to those on Adrift For Dayslatest opus, to big beastly Baroness riffs of olde, “Earth As It’s Slowly Consumed By The Sun” brings all the nuance of proggy post-metal and smashes it together with huge heavy hooks that suck you in like quicksand. There’s even a reverberating bass/drum break mid-way through the track that will please fans of Russian Circles. Hit play below and get sucked in to this massive gravitational well.

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  • Howard Dean

    Oh man, dat band name.

    Lame Is Lame.

    • Dead is Dead

      Glad you like it, Howard! 🙂 What’s your band called?

      • “Disgruntled Internet Troll”

        • Dead is Dead

          haha. I’m just messing. No hard feelings whatsoever to Mr. Dean. It’s hard to name bands these days.

          • When I first read the name I remembered as a kid my parents telling me to be careful “because when you die, you are dead, and you don’t come back” (or something of that nature). When I read the name, my heart kinda fluttered. No joke!

        • Howard Dean

          Dialectics Is Dialectics, Richter-san!

          (You have to admit that Dead Is Dead is a lame fucking name, I’m just the guy that said what everyone was thinking)

          • Howard Dean

            Also: This shouldn’t even need to be said, but of course bad band name =/= bad music. There are tons of bands that make great music with meh band names. I was making no judgment on the content or quality of their actual music–only the the name.

      • Brutalist_Receptacle

        SO PWNED!

        • Howard Dean

          One time I wrote a story, and I gave the story a terrible title. I thought it was great, because I was a bit stupid and had selection bias (since I came up with the stupid thing). My writing teacher told me “This title is terrible.” I went home, thought about it some, and then said, “Fuck, he was right. That is a lame title.” Afterward, I gave more thought to my titles and names.

          I don’t have to have a band to know that is a lame name.

          • Brutalist_Receptacle

            Sounds like there is a possible TovH article in there somewhere, entitled “The Article about Lame Band Names Article.”

      • Howard Dean

        Deez Nutz Is Deez Nutz

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        Dean is Dean

  • Dubby Fresh

    Song was quite enjoyable. Lots of shifting moods.

    • Dead is Dead


    • Brutalist_Receptacle

      …A spice with many tastes. A dizzying array of textures…and moments.

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        Do I smell… Pantene?

  • I liked it. Awesome stuff, Lacertilian.

  • Joaquin Stick

    Aw yis. This is the good stuff. I have a hard time with sludge 90% of the time too, it really takes some creativity to not make everything sound boring and the same. This does not fall into that trap.

  • I’m also just a casual sludge fan, but this is sounding quite good!

    Speaking of Baroness, I hate being “that guy,” but they really seemed like something special to me before they streamlined their sound on their third album. The red album in particular reminded me of a super heavy/fuzzy Fugazi and it’s still one of my favorite albums.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      You’re not “that guy” – you’re 100% on the money. Band peaked early. Red Album is fantastic and the only album of theirs that still gets a regular spin from me. Blue was alright, Green, Yellow and Purple bored me to tears.

    • Dead is Dead

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Dagon

    All hail the wail

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    Good job. Cheers for pointing this out to me too Lacertilian

  • Spear

    “Even though it’s not something I actively seek out, when it presents itself I invariably find myself quickly sinking into its viscid morass.”

    That is exactly the case for me, too. It’s one of those things that I somehow always forget exists, yet I’m always drawn to when I hear it. As is the case with this; I really like this vocal style, and the balance between harmony and dissonance is fantastic. Nice grooves, good tone, all around cool stuff.