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Quiet Earth is a curious name for an album loud enough to kill people. Bison b.c. is a doom metal/skate thrash quartet comprising members from the hip and heavy Vancouver band S.T.R.E.E.T.S. (an acronym for Skating Totally Rules Everything Else Totally Sucks). Jesse Gander of Subhumans and 3 Inches of Blood mixed this, its sophomore album for Metal Blade Records. It contains only eight songs, though all but one go over the five-minute mark with the longest playing for nearly ten minutes. "Primal Emptiness of Outer Space" introduces Quiet Earth with punching rhythms and ham-fisted guitar chops that unfold into aural assaults pulling from an influential well founded on early Black Sabbath riffs, the progressive arrangements of Mastodon, and the aggressive speed-metal thrashings of Cliff Burton-era Metallica. James Farwell sings like he's barfing blood, especially on the sludgy "Slow Hand of Death," where dueling guitars battle it out. "Wendigo Pt. 1 (Quest for Fire)" opens with a string ensemble before unraveling into an epic that would well accompany Viking battles in the snow. "Wendigo Pt. 2 (Cursed to Roam)" builds on dynamic double leads that make Thin Lizzy sound like The Byrds.

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Sounds like Clutch or Mastodon or ShipwrickAD or Barroness or ....

Whether they signed them to fill a void and compete with Mastodon or they signed them simply because they're awesome, God bless Metal Blade for signing Bison B.C.. I know lots of gals out there dig that deep, heavy Clutch/Mastodon sound; and I also know that it's hard to find a band that can really bring it home. Bison B.C. delivers in a BIG way as they mix in hints of biker metal, sludge, and punk with girthy mid-paced rock n' roll. Sure to be the next best thing since Mastodon's Leviathan or Clutch's Self Titled, Bison B.C.'s Quiet Earth is monolithic and satisfying in every way.

Riffy goodness

Powerfully riffy, very sabbath influenced like a lot of "stoner" metal, but with a bit more of a hard edge to it. Altogether a very solid band.

Why is it...

Every review has to have a comparison to some other band.
It's oh so tiring and loathsome to read one review after another that says "it sounds like so and so mixed with so and so" or "it sounds like so and so's little brother"....
I'm sure when bands sit down to write songs they think to themselves...hey, let's try to sound like this band mixed with that band.
I'm begining to think that it's the same person writing one review after the other....


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Canadian doom metal outfit Bison B.C. (the "B.C." was added as a precautionary measure to avoid any potential legal problems with bands that were inspired to name themselves after the same beast) grew out of the fertile ground of popular Vancouver "skate-thrash" band S.T.R.E.E.T.S. The quartet, which features guitarist/vocalist James Farwell, guitarist/vocalist Dan And, bass player Masa Anzai, and drummer Brad MacKinnon, brought its punk and hardcore roots to the sludge metal slab for its debut album,...
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