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Debut Sonically Charged Album Tombstone Eyes – Land In The Sky Review

Tombstone Eyes based in Chicago, Illinois, USA performs heavy psychedelic blues with classic heavy metal chugging riffs and ripping guitar solos. The music combines classic 1970’s heavy metal with space rock, and drudgey stoner rock. The band excels in the extended instrumental passages where the sound grows into grinding peaks. The album also peels back the layers of instrumentation for spacey sonic atmospheres. Tombstone Eyes released their first informal demos in 2018 and Eyes Land In The Sky is their first full length album.

Land In The Sky has sci-fi themes especially on the 16 minute track “Solar Barge” which pushes the listener through the Earth’s ozone into the cosmos. The cover art is skulls resting on an extraterrestrial landscape with a night sky decorated with ringed planets and nebulae. The album has a simple and cohesive vision with space travel and futurist themes.

Tombstone Eyes Land In The Sky was released on January 1st 2020 on Akashic Records Unlimited on limited edition vinyl, stream and download.

Tombstone Eyes sticks to time tested formulas in the heavy blues style with seamless execution. They exhibit the familiar distorted crunching guitars, burning hot tube amps, slamming percussion and epic guitar solos. The inclusion of vintage organ brings warmth into the mix in true classic rock form. Inspirations from Blue Cheer and Black Sabbath are apparent throughout the recording.

Tombstone Eyes line-up is Brownstone on Bass, organ, synth, production & vocals. His voice has a unique tone which is not strained, never shouting and nearly monotone for an eerie and ominous performance. The lyrics are both dark and metaphysical. Saturated reverberating vocal production creates space and atmosphere in the mix.

John Brown is on lead guitar with overdriven fuzz tones, spacey echo and blazing guitar solos. Mustafa Daka drums & percussion and Jason Sipe on the crunchy riff oriented rhythm guitar. Land In The Sky is mastered by Carl Saff and produced by band member Brownstone and Engineer Mike Lust.

Land In The Sky is foreboding, sinister, and dynamic. The vintage toned futuristic vision moves from heavy stoner rock to experimental sci-fi atmospheres while resting on its foundation of classic heavy metal. The album is a pleasure to listen to cover to cover and takes the listener on a journey with exciting peaks, charged guitar solos and a psychedelic compass.

I am a part of the emerging psychedelic musical revolution and the wizard behind the curtain at I am lucky enough to be in contact with performers and labels around the world and discuss music that is weird, transcendent, creative and psychedelic. It’s no surprise that I live in San Francisco, California where the psychedelic revolution was born. I am a multi-instrumentalist musician, songwriter, digital and visual artist in the bands Temple Rose and Black Satori. I have written about music for the, GigSoup Music, Sic Magazine and professional corporate copy writing. Discovering new music from artists large and small gives me a special thrill and I feel compelled to share the excitement. My journey began when I started attending coffeehouse concerts at 14 years old, seeing acoustic and hardcore metal bands. I soon started making music of my own. A pivotal moment was when I picked up my first record player and started collecting vinyl records from the 1960s and early 1970s in acid folk, garage rock, psychedelic and krautrock genres. The Thirteenth Floor Elevators, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, and Black Sabbath laid a firm foundation. Then I discovered CAN, Ash Ra Tempel, Tangerine Dream, and Pink Floyd which blew convention out of the water and my musical horizon extended into the experimental and abstract. Today there are thousands of bands which have taken the legacy of psychedelic music and created something new. I seek out these bands and performers, spreading their latest revelations to the world. Some of my favorite contemporary artists are The Black Angels, Oh Sees, Woods, Acid Mothers Temple, Kikagaku Moyo and L.A. Witch.