Hailing from Fargo, North Dakota, Egypt have made waves the last few years in the doom/stoner realm. They’ve toured Europe the last two years, and they are leaving very soon for a third tour. They’re just regular guys doing what they do and playing the music they love. It’s fun to write about bands that are not only local, but who I consider friends. I know they’ve paid their dues and will come to be a very respected band in the near future.
While recording their previous album, The Endless Flight, they ended up with some tracks that weren’t quite finished and others that were a bit different than those they’ve released in the past. They have chosen to release them on an EP, entitled Cracks and Lines. A few of the five songs are a bit different, but they are awesome in their own way.
“Final Heist” opens the album with a familiar, fuzzy, warm, and heavy tone from guitarist Neal Stein. The heaviness then kicks in, and vocalist Aaron Esterby comes in with his gravelly voice. The song has a bluesy feel to it, and the bridge and chorus kick ass which before leading into a foot-stomping finale that will stay stuck in your head for weeks. The title track has that organic feel once again, and Esterby’s vocals are a bit cleaner than normal. It sounds killer, and the production is flawless. The bass and guitar meld so well together, they sound like they’re going to battle in the solo parts. The mid-section of the song would make Black Sabbath proud with its riffs upon riffs, and Chad Heille’s drum parts, which fall perfectly in sync.
“Dirge” is an altogether different animal for Egypt. It’s slow, quiet, and laid-back. Esterby’s vocals are the focal point, and while it’s relatively short, it’s one of my favorites here. “Watchin’ You,” a KISS cover, then explodes upon your eardrums! While it doesn’t stray far from the original, Egypt certainly make the song their own. It’s a fantastic version of the song that really does show the band’s influences. “What Lights This Ocean” is another of my favorites, maybe even of all time. It clocks in at just over 13 minutes and slowly builds to a massive wall of sound in the last section of the song. Esterby’s vocals start clean and very hypnotic before turning ballsy and fierce. Stein uses his guitar to channel his emotion, and the song ends with a bang, an organ giving it a true Deep Purple feel
Egypt have a monster with this 40-minute EP. It’s huge. It opens the door to show the world that they are a force to be reckoned with.
Cracks and Lines is self-released and out now. Buy it here!
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