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Earthling are one of those rare bands that remind someone how bad subgenres are at actually describing music. Like Inter Arma, with whom they've shared the stage, the VA outfit has a knack for blending disparate influences into a cohesive whole. With Inter Arma though, you can just call the band "sludge" and get away with it. Sure, there's more going on, but not enough to make "sludge" insufficient.

Consider a song like "Howl", though. A doom-y opening gives way to a jangling almost math-rock guitar lick that nevertheless has the hot-pants-on-a-motorcycle feeling that classic speed metal had. And then the double bass kicks in, and things begin to feel kind of death metal-ish. Because of course it does. That's the moment where referring to Earthling in terms beyond just Earthling become useless. The band repeats this trick on every song, usually before the first of a couple shredding guitar solos.

More concisely, on their sophomore LP Spinning in the Void, Earthling sound like themselves. They have a unique identity already. Most bands never accomplish that.

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Spinning in the Void is out on July 7 via Forcefield records. Pre order it here. Follow Earthling on Facebook.

Catch the band on tour upcoming at the following dates

6/29 - Frederick, MD - Slayground w/ Rhin, Thonian Horde

6/30 - Brooklyn, NYC - Matchless w/ Knight Terror, Shredded

7/1 - Philadelphia, PA - TBA

7/2 - Washington, DC - Atlas Brew Works w/ Foehammer, Narrow Grave

7/3 - Harrisonburg, VA - Golden Pony w/ Vorator, Algorithmic Death

7/4 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter w/ Vorator, Hoboknife, Loud Knight

7/5 - Raleigh, NC - Slims w/ Noctomb, Eldrich Horror

7/6 - Wilmington, NC - Reggies

7/7 - Savannah, GA - The Jinx w/ Hexus

7/8 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl w/ Undergang, Necrot, Repulsory

7/9 - Asheville, NC - Static Age

7/10 - Nashville, TN - Drkmttr w/ Holy Mountain Top Removers

7/11 - Lexington, KY - Hometron

7/12 - Columbus, OH - Bourbon ST/Summit

7/13 - Fort Wayne, IN - Skeletunes

7/14 - Pittsburgh PA - Black Forge w/ Pummelled, Ether

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