Published May 05, 2014With winter receding into memory, Toronto's Dearly Beloved are ushering in the spring with a foray into sun-baked desert rock. Enduro will be out on May 13 through eOne Music Canada, and it's available to stream now on Exclaim.ca.
The album's origins can be traced to Rancho de la Luna in Joshua Tree, CA, where the band headed and got assistance from Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal) and Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age). The results were mixed by Adam Kasper (Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters), and a press release points to inspirations including guard rails, an orange moon, taxi drivers, a home invasion, ether binges, astral light and the guile of some.
The opening title cut ushers in the album with pummelling, fuzzy riffs and thundering alt-rock muscle. This sets the tone for the noisy collection, which is filled with cranked amps and hard-hitting rhythms. The dynamically skulking "All Sins Are Forgiven" and the threateningly atmospheric "Ether Binge" mean that the second half of the collection has a little more slow-paced drama, but this is nevertheless an album for fans of hard-hitting rock.
Hear the whole thing below.