4 Songs, 1 Hour, 5 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After 2007’s Rhythms from the Sky, Earthless fans were left hanging for some six years, waiting to see what the psych-stoner instrumental band would churn up next. Much to everyone’s relief, From the Ages doesn’t try to push new sounds or forms into the mix; the SoCal trio stays firmly in the arena inhabited by precious few bands of note. Muscular, sweaty, and monumental, the sheer force of Earthless drummer Mario Rubalcaba threatens to burst sub-woofers into kaleidoscopic shards, and guitarist Isaiah Mitchell works his notes into bendable shafts of steel and light. This is hard stuff from the darkest corners of the ‘70s, where pungent unwashed leather and bike fumes mingle with all that was excessive about the decade. From the Ages is organic and primal, and it's inarguably amazing. Mitchell’s guitar cuts like a scythe through 14 minutes of the opening track, “Violence of the Red Sea,” scraping and scrapping and throwing sparks; Rubalcaba and bassist Mike Eginton play tag team behind the wheel. It'd be exhausting if it weren’t so exhilarating.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After 2007’s Rhythms from the Sky, Earthless fans were left hanging for some six years, waiting to see what the psych-stoner instrumental band would churn up next. Much to everyone’s relief, From the Ages doesn’t try to push new sounds or forms into the mix; the SoCal trio stays firmly in the arena inhabited by precious few bands of note. Muscular, sweaty, and monumental, the sheer force of Earthless drummer Mario Rubalcaba threatens to burst sub-woofers into kaleidoscopic shards, and guitarist Isaiah Mitchell works his notes into bendable shafts of steel and light. This is hard stuff from the darkest corners of the ‘70s, where pungent unwashed leather and bike fumes mingle with all that was excessive about the decade. From the Ages is organic and primal, and it's inarguably amazing. Mitchell’s guitar cuts like a scythe through 14 minutes of the opening track, “Violence of the Red Sea,” scraping and scrapping and throwing sparks; Rubalcaba and bassist Mike Eginton play tag team behind the wheel. It'd be exhausting if it weren’t so exhilarating.

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14:45
14:08
5:42
30:55

About Earthless

The San Diego-based Krautrock/stoner rock trio Earthless feature the talents of Nebula guitarist Isaiah Mitchell, Electric Nazarene bass player Mike Eginton, and Hot Snakes/Clikitat Ikatowi drummer Mario Rubalcaba (who also played with Rocket from the Crypt under the alias Ruby Mars). The band's debut, a collection of jam-heavy instrumentals titled Sonic Prayer, was released on the Gravity label in 2005. It was followed in 2007 by Rhythms from a Cosmic Sky, which marked the band's first release for Tee Pee Records. Live at Roadburn appeared the following year, showcasing the band's strength as a live act. From the Ages, the band's third studio long-player, arrived in 2013, with a pair of concert albums, Live at Freak Valley and Live at Tym Guitars, Brisbane Australia, arriving in 2015. The following year saw the trio release a split LP with fellow West Coast psych-rockers Harsh Toke, and in 2018, they issued their fourth full-length outing Black Heaven. ~ James Christopher Monger

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San Diego, CA
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