Thursday 27 June 2019

LowFlyingHawks - Anxious Ghosts (EP Reveiw)

Release date: June 28th 2019. Label: Magnetic Eye Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Anxious Ghost – Tracklisting

1.Night Flight
2.Somewhere (Part 1)
3.Somewhere (Part 2)
4.Hollow Grasp 06:59
5.Doors To Nowhere


Dale Crover - Drums
Trevor Dunn - Bass
AAL - Guitars, Vocals
EHA - Guitars, Lead Vocals


Lowflyinghawks return with their new EP – Anxious Ghosts – and it’s another round of bleak sounding passages that has elements of Drone, Doom, Sludge and Psych Rock that the band have used on their previously two acclaimed albums.

This EP sees Lowflyinghawks offering a subdued sound compared to their previous releases. Anxious Ghosts still has moments of full-on heaviness which merges Drone, Doom and Sludge Metal to maximum effect. Though the opening song - Night Flight – is a semi-acoustic song with elements of Drone and Ambient based Post Rock grooves with the vocals having an Alternative Rock/Indie Rock feel to them.

Lowflyinghawks return to their normal style of music with the excellent two-part song Somewhere Part I and Somewhere Part II.

Somewhere Part I sees Lowflyinghawks playing a highly atmospheric blend of Ambient Rock/Metal with haunting vocals appearing and disappearing in quick succession. The Post-Rock/Post-Metal interludes slowly build upto a heavier and unsettling style of music.

Somewhere Part II is the first appearance of Lowflyinghawks trademark Doom/Sludge Metal sound with a bleak and world weary vibe holding everything together. The vocals are quite reflective in places with the music being superbly heavy from the start. The Doom/Drone/Sludge Metal grooves have a real presence to them and leave you wanting more.

Hollow Grasp and Doors To Nowhere – carries on the experimental and droned out heavy sounds that Lowflyinghawks that can be classed as their trademark sound. As the band are three records into their career and you can tell without a doubt that this is Lowflyinghawks territory. The music moves from heavy down-tuned sounds too fast-paced Doom/Sludge Metal riffs that keeps the Post-Rock/Post-Metal grooves moving along at a frantic pace.

As with previous Lowflyinghawks releases, the band are helped on this EP with contributions from their famous friends The Melvins alumni Dale Crover and Trevor Dunn making appearance on Drums and Bass respectively. Dale and Trevor bring their legendary talents to Lowflyinghawks world and make everything sound quite dark and sombre but also glorious on the more psychedelic sounding parts of the EP.

Anxious Ghosts is a different sounding release compared to Lowflyinghawks previous albums. However, it drives the message home that Lowflyinghawks are one of the best kept secrets within the Doom/Sludge Metal community and this EP proves that Lowflyinghawks are more than happy to stay under the radar and release music on their own terms.

Overall, this EP is one that takes time to fully understand and admire. The EP can be quite unforgiving in places but that what makes it so good. Lowflyinghawks are a band with a unique voice within the scene and they let their music do all the talking and offer no apologies for creating a different style of Doom/Sludge Metal.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Jadd at Red Lead PR for the promo. Anxious Ghosts will be available to buy on Cassette/CD/DD/Vinyl via MagneticEye Records from June 28th 2019.