Kin of Ettins – Doomed in Dallas   Leave a comment

As a document to the great Texas Doom scene, this “Doomed In Dallas” EP by Kin Of Ettins does a pretty good job of capturing the vibe of Texan Doom-Metal. This way too short EP was recorded live at the Skillman Street Bar, where that night Kin of Ettins shared the stage with Solanum, Pagan Assassin, Lotus Sutra, The Gates of Slumber, Struck by Lightning, Black Tusk, Black Cobra and Weedeater. They only did a 20 minute set that night from what I have read and that is something I hate about these kind of shows, I would rather see less bands and longer sets as just 20 minutes on a stage is almost to the point of not playing at all. I know some bands would do anything for just 20 minutes of live performance especially when you are sharing the stage with the likes of Weedeater but I find a 20 minute set to be frustratingly short but back to Texas. The state is a mecca for great doom-bands, one mention of Solitude Aeturnus, Elliotts Keep and Wo Fat and you are talking doom-god status level stuff and this is just 3 of many great bands from Texas. This EP released through Red Hare Recordings was originally recorded on March 19, 2010 and while it is not exactly mind-blowing in production values, it still is a decent recording with a fine balance between rawness and clear instrumentation.

“Watchmen and Wanderer”  comes from the “Tears for Lost Ages” album and is classic Kin Of Ettins. The vibe is slow, heavy and epic but with a raw energy within the plodding atmosphere and there is some juicy feedback that tells you, this is 100% live. “Waking Memory (Mountains)” is even more plodding and doomier but “Snake Den Time” changes the vibe slightly with  mid-tempo, infectious chugging riffing and catchy vocal parts. The last track “Echoes in the Deep” brings it all back to the feel of the first two tunes, epic and melodic doom-metal. If you have never had the pleasure of hearing Kin Of Ettins, this is a good starter package for you. The band is hardly original but they are very passionate about what they do and they are a very well-oiled Texan doom machine of a band. In the past they have kind of been in the background of the Texan doom scene which is a shame because I feel they are one of the best bands from Texas. This is a great live recording from a very under-appreciated band but then again, isn’t all US doom metal – un-appreciated ? Be sure and check out this EP out but just as important, check out the “Tears for Lost Ages” album too, they are a great band.
8.5/10
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Posted November 10, 2010 by doommantia in Kin Of Ettins

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