Review of Enter Galactic Wasteland, Mr. Bison and Spacetrucker (Ripple Music, 2020)

Ripple Music, the unrivaled Doom Metal label, has launched Turned to Stone, a new series of splits. Chapter 1 is Enter Galactic Wasteland featuring three tracks each from Mr. Bison and Spacetrucker.

Mr. Bison inhabits side one. They are a band from Italy, and their music is full of vibrato and slow builds. There are a lot of drifty, ethereal elements cushioning the strong blues-soaked guitar advances. All three songs are about seven minutes long, giving the musical theory behind them time grow and discover itself. The names of the songs even signal the sound of the compositions: “The Grace of Time,” “The Stranger,” and “Oracle Prophecy.” You know what plane you’re on when you take off, but you are not exactly sure where it is going. Free your mind.

Mr. Bison

Spacetrucker leads us through the second half of the journey, and their jam is less trippy and more earthshaking. Also a three-piece, this band puts the guitar right in front with their opener, “Nosedive,” where it blasts a path wide open for the barreling bass, drums, and vocals. The lead breaks are aggressive, and the tempo is on the speedy side of the doom spectrum. The next song is “Distant Earth,” where we slow down a little, reflect on our place in the cosmos, and let that guitar tell us the story. “King Cheeto” is the closer and runs like a single – just under three minutes, it is a sharp crack on your skull.

Spacetrucker (Photo by David Torrence)

Mr. Bison and Spacetrucker are an expertly curated pair to open the Turned To Stone series. With a split, you want two bands that go together but that do not sound too much alike. Yes? That’s what you get here. Enter Galactic Wasteland needs to go in your daily rotation now. Recommended.

You can get the digital at Bandcamp. Even better, if you subscribe to Ripple Music there, you get all the new releases automatically. Physical versions are also available in different vinyl shades but they are almost sold out already, on Day 1.

Links:

Main website, https://www.ripple-music.com/

Ripple at Bandcamp, https://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/

Direct album site, https://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/album/turned-to-stone-chapter-1-enter-galactic-wasteland

Mr. Bison:

https://www.facebook.com/mrbisonband

https://www.instagram.com/mrbison_band/

https://mrbison.bandcamp.com/

Spacetrucker:

https://www.facebook.com/spctrckr/

https://www.instagram.com/spctrckr/

https://spctrckr.bandcamp.com/

Review of Enter Galactic Wasteland, Mr. Bison and Spacetrucker (Ripple Music, 2020)