For most of its duration, California-based band Earthless has also been voiceless, focusing its psychedelic rock tunes on instrumentation. But the group's newest album, Black Heaven (Nuclear Blast, 2018) upended tradition, putting guitarist Isaiah Mitchell in front of the mic.
"I'm sure there will be some people who have come to expect the big gargantuan space rock jams, and I don't know if they'll be into this or not," drummer Mario Rubalcaba said in the group's website bio, mulling over the new release. "But I'm ready to deal with a little bit of disappointment."
For those who like 70s and 80s rock, however, Black Heaven may be an exciting turn for a band that has stayed true to its acid-trip roots since 2001. Tracks like "Gifted by the Wind" and "Electric Flame" have a distinctive old-school rock n' roll feel (think electric guitar riffs, roiling drums and plenty of cymbal) that should make the band accessible to new fans when it stops in Boise on Friday, Sept. 28, to play Neurolux.