Eagle Twin The Unkindness of Crows

Eagle Twin The Unkindness of Crows
It seems just about everybody is playing doom these days. Featuring Gentry Densley (leader of defunct everything-core group Iceburn), Eagle Twin are effectively dropping an anvil on the currently burgeoning genre. Unlike the majority of similar acts, Eagle Twin are difficult to categorize and rest somewhere between the devastating abrasion of Burning Witch and Khanate, the atmosphere of funeral doom and the unsettling avant-garde nature of later Swans. Commencing with the arduous, yet rewarding, nine-minute apocalypse that is opener "In the Beginning Was the Scream," one would be foolish to write off the group as a one-trick pony, as surprising diversity is displayed throughout - one simply has to wade through some seriously demented songwriting and desensitize themselves to their impending death in order to appreciate it. Densley's vocals add a peculiar introspective dimension; they're coarse yet strangely tuneful, off-key yet undeniably appropriate. Fans of any of the aforementioned groups will be prepared for this but Eagle Twin's diversity and knack for compiling an album that ebbs and flows coherently puts them a league ahead of the rest and could appeal to a slightly more diverse fan base. (Southern Lord)