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Burn Heavy/Kingdom of Magic

The Burn Heavy side of this record sounds like Sleep filtered through a doom/grind lens and blended with psychedelic swirls. The prominence of Maia Fortis's eerie violin drone and John Gross's undercurrent of noise and samples lend the proceedings an otherworldliness. On "Situations," Heavy lopes along before shifting into a middle section where vocalists Haroldo Mardones and Little Joe create a call-and-response among the song's brutality and tripped-out beauty. "The Flame Draws the Honey Bee," from Kingdom of Magic, finds the band in an especially sludgy mode, like doing ballet underwater. The rhythm section on "Bee" and "Serpents" creates a murky, enveloping dynamic that grounds songs threatening to drift off into a fog-enshrouded horizon.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.

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