Written by: The Administrator
Sonic qualities aside, Titanosaur is not a moniker that conjures notions of elegance. The name imparts a certain sense of inevitable weight and destructive force. This we know. The hefty behemoth leaves footprints the size of small craters, and crushes cars in its maw like unto a nutcracker chowing down on a walnut. The music, then, must match the aesthetics of the beast. Rest assured, this one-man hard rock/metal outfit out of Hudson, NY, does just that.
Drawing from the venerable likes of Monster Magnet, Red Fang, Motorhead, and Black Sabbath's more overtly rock oriented work, Titanosaur delivers crunchy riffs and gruff hooks with a no-nonsense air and a hard-edged bite. Back in February of this year,I briefly reviewed Titanosaur's excellent Absence of Universe, stating that, besides demonstrating the band's best work to date, the album illustrated a unique "wry self awareness, notably pounding riffage, and thick application of late cretaceous groove."
Off the back of that release, we've got some new tunes incoming. I love a band on a roll, and Titanosaur is currently cruising. But enough rambling! We're pleased to present here today "Eater of Death" and its accompanying B-Side "The Time is Now." Hit play on the ol' embed below, sit back, and enjoy! As always, we'll be there to meet ye on the other side.
These two tracks really do speak for themselves--there's not much room for subtle re-interpretation when it comes to big riffs and hard-rockin' swagger. No bones about it: if you like Titanosaur's work thusfar, you'll enjoy this hefty one-two punch.
The title track delivers sneering 'tude alongside an unmistakable brand of infectiously stompy riffage that practically demands a serious bout of headbanging. The chorus is fairly anthemic as well, and consistently encourages me to try (and subsequently fail) to match the sheer ferocity and road-rash grittiness on display. The riff-centric formula remains consistent across the breadth, although the drumming really does kick it up a notch, particularly on "The Time is Now," where the guitar takes a backseat when it comes to propelling the track forward. This emphasis on the percussion allows the leads time and space to noodle around without losing that oh-so-important momentum. The tracks balance each other out quite well--"Eater of Death" feels more overtly aggressive in comparison to the B-side, which ultimately keeps the whole package feeling fresh.
What else is there to day? Titanosaur continues to put out good music. I really do enjoy when bands drop smaller projects between album cycles, and Titanosaur has yet to disappoint. If you enjoyed the tracks above, give Eater of Death (b/w The Time Is Now) the ol' presave here!
Titanosaur - Eater of Death (b/w The Time Is Now) will be released June 23rd
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