ELKS

"Destined for the Sun" (Tee Pee; 2011)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Championing a sound that crosses southern sludge metal with unabashed hardcore fury, Elks deliver a mammoth six-track endeavor entitled "Destined for the Sun."

This Brooklyn, NY based quartet serves their down-and-dirty hybrid with a slew of familiar modern metal inflections in tow, achieving the scalding vocal fire, spry fretwork manipulations, and menacing bass and drum battering of the likes of Baroness, Black Tusk, and Kylesa while ambitiously intertwining the concept about the history of a tribe of nomadic space Vikings into the grand scheme.

While some may argue Elks relies on their influences a bit too prominently, this band demonstrates the skillful chops and fiery musical sensibility necessary to present a formidable array of thrash metal thunder, rollicking rock'n'roll hostility and cosmic metal jams.

For more information, check out http://www.myspace.com/elkselkselks.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

 

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