Here’s your “What the fuck?” album of 2017. The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd is easily in the top five albums of all time, no fucking arguments. It’s literally the definition of the words “perfection” and “classic.”
Whodathunk a doom metal cover version almost 45 goddamned years later might actually be better? Yes, I know, these are truly the words of a heretic. But, Doom Side of the Moon is so amazing, I have a boner I could use to drive a railroad spike through a two-by-four.
Kyle Shutt of The Sword. You. I wanna party with you, cowboy! Yeah, The Sword, who have never fucking gotten the notoriety that they have earned, are one of the greatest bands in metal. They’ve flown so close to true popularity without breaking through that it is criminal. Shutt has produced an album that, even if it wasn’t a brilliant re-creation of an already perfect record, would stand alone in 2017 as an absolutely pristine collection of songs.
Shutt gathered together a host of celebrated musicians for this album, including his The Sword bassist Bryan Richie and drummer Santiago Vela III, vocalist Alex Marrero (Brownout, Brown Sabbath), saxophonist Jason Frey (Black Joe Lewis, Hard Proof), and keyboardist Joe Cornetti (Croy & The Boys). It was engineered and mixed by Stuart Sikes (White Stripes, Rocket From The Crypt), and it will be released on August 4, the 50th anniversary of the release of the Pink Floyd‘s debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. This man deserves an award.
How great is this record? Two seconds after I send this review to SkullsnBones Grand Poobah, Brother Jamie Lee, I am booking a flight to see this album performed in it’s entirety at Elmo’s in Austin on August 5.
Doom Side Of The Moon is independently released and will be out August 4. Pre-order it here!