brothers of the sonic cloth - brothers of the sonic cloth 1He shared labels, producers and shows with Seattle icons Nirvana, and had his former (and eponymous) band signed to a major label in the post “Nevermind” free for all. Despite all of this, Tad Doyle managed to stay out of the limelight, but at the same time garner major respect from fans and bands alike. After their eventual break up, and involvement in several other projects, he has settled down with new band Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, who have recently released their debut album.

Much like his previous bands, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth offers a heavier view on things than more well know acts, but also feature a lot of melody and have a lot more to offer than initial listens may give away. Opener ‘Lava’ is like a slowed down Clutch track, heavier maybe, but still keeping that catchy stoner vibe giving the album an upbeat start. ‘Empire Of Dust’ follows, and as its name may suggest, this doesn’t exactly keep up the pace of the previous track, instead heading in the polar opposite direction into almost Autopsy death / doom territory. After the fluctuating styles apparent on ‘Unnamed’ comes ‘La Mano Ponderosa’, an eleven minute epic that bizarrely is the most melodic and accessible track on this album, despite its long running time.

As the album lurches towards its end, it features three more very different sounding tracks. ‘I Am’ is a slow burning song which spends half of its eight minute life building up to become something that sounds like ‘Seals The Sense‘ era Paradise Lost. ‘The Immutable Path’ is added as a bonus track and adds to the growing somber feeling with its repetitive beat and slowly delivered vocals. As this fades out, the piano ‘Outro’ solo delivers the albums last rites and this self-titled album ends in a suitably downbeat fashion.

There is enough about this album to appeal to quite a large audience. Long running times often puts people off (more than half of the tracks are seven minutes plus), but when they flow into one another so well, and have so much about them, it makes little difference. It is an album that you will listen to in its entirety, rather than dipping in and out of listening to the odd track, and in doing this you will have invested your 45 minutes well. Tad Doyle is back, and this album stands up really well against anything he has done in the past. It is that good.

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