5 April 2009
Thorn of Thrones
is the second album from Detroit collective GIANT BRAIN
. Like the band’s debut Plume
crossbreeds Germanic space rock with the muscular power rock for which the Motor City is so well-known, and the results are just as impressive and engrossing. The formula remains the same: former BIG CHIEF
guitarist PHIL DÜRR
applies his acid guitar expertise over a variety of grooves and settings prepared by the brotherly studio duo of AL
and ANDY SUTTON
. The founding trio is joined on this album by drummer/keyboardist ERIC HOEGEMEYER
, late of the tragically unlamented GOLD CASH GOLD
, and, on two tracks, drummer DAMON CHE
of DON CABALLERO
. The group excels on the usual epics – check out “Gooser,” “Relentful Resentless” and the brilliantly titled “This is Where the Robot Escapes His Evil Captor, Finds Raygun, Plots Revenge.” The band also adds a couple of ambient tracks in “Phones” and “Water-Bored,” and “Empyrian” boasts a Giant Brain first: lyrics and vocals, provided by the Sutton brothers and SLOT
singer SUE LOTT.
Everything fits together like pieces of a puzzle, with the music taking you on a journey through inner and outer dimensions. Spinning through space, Thorn of Thrones
soothes the soul.