12 O'Clock Track: The gravel and brawn of Castles' "Palm Reader" | Bleader

12 O'Clock Track: The gravel and brawn of Castles' "Palm Reader"

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Yes, I listen to any and everything released by Kurt Ballou's GodCity Studio. I have my reasons: the first and foremost being that the Converge guitarist rarely releases an album that isn't thick and crushing (he deals quite a bit in Southern Lord's catalog). It's his gift to the world. To keep track of releases that he engineered and took through his soundboard, I simply keep an eye on his Facebook page. He updates his followers with albums that are dropping—like the recent sophomore effort from Belgium's Castles, Fiction or Truth. Today's 12 O'Clock Track, Palm Reader, is the opener from the album and a dominant heavy rock song—slightly reminiscent of the path down which Baroness has headed, only less proggy and more triumphant—with noisy hardcore elements and coarse gravel in the voice of front man Edward Godby.

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