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Genre: Pop / Artist: Egypt / Label: Meteor City / Released: 30.11.2009

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      31.12.2011 00:54
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      Distinctly average in a genre that is filled with talent

      There's several and have been several bands called Egypt over the years and it doesn't help to simplify matters that many of them play a brand of Bluesy rock. It really would be a good idea if this 'Egypt' weren't called 'Egypt' at all but they are! Hailing from Fargo, North Dakota the band has joined the recent swathe of doom/stoner acts coming out of the US in recent years. If you've followed my reviews of bands like "Earthless", "Acid King" or "High on Fire" then you'll know that I'm quite a fan of this category of heavy fuzzy mind-blowing guitar playing and sludgy bass lines.

      Now it's usual to find a couple of riffs that have been used in other songs but I find that Egypt use well known riffs again and again - such as on "Dirty Witch", however what they do is slow them down and make them extremely fuzzy with a lot of vibration so that they are barely recognisable. The plodding start to "Queen of All Time" is typical of the band - a 9 minute song that builds up very slowly, you know it's going to happen but it takes longer than you expect.

      Aaron Esterby is the vocalist of the band, he's got a pretty unique voice - during the building up moments it's a deep booming voice, sort of like Nick Cave without the bravado and when the songs are in full flow (usually from the 5th minute onwards then..) then it's a bit frantic and somewhere between shouting and a more power metal style voice but with heavy use of echo that makes it sound like an Icelandic shepherd burning his bottom on a volcano.

      On top of that he also sounds like more mainstream US rock singers like Dave Grohl on
      "Valley of the Kings". The bands lyrics are pretty good but I have to say that I don't really understand them for the most part as they sort of get lost in the various singing styles. My final verdict on the band based on this album is that they play it a bit safe and there are much more innovative and interesting stoner acts out there. There's some nice guitar playing in there but for the most part it's a little repetitive without threatening to break any boundaries or blow your mind.

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