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Half Blood [VINYL]

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Horseback is Jenks Miller: vocal, electric guitar, piano, bass, lap steel, ebow, keyboard, synthesizer, tanpura, shruti box, drums, percussion, processing, fuzz fx.

... and may include: Heather McEntire: vocal; Aaron Smithers: bass, French horn; Jon Mackey: laptop computer; Scott Endres: guitar; John Crouch: drums; Bradley Cook: bass, laptop computer; Joe Westerlund: drums, percussion; ... Read more in Amazon's Horseback Store

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1. Mithras
2. Ahriman
3. Inheritance (The Changeling)
4. Arjuna
5. Hallucigenia I: Hermetic Gifts
6. Hallucigenia II: Spiritual Junk
7. Hallucigenia III: The Emerald Tablet

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not full blood of anything... 19 May 2012
By wippernaut - Published on Amazon.com
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Horseback is one of the most unique metal based artists in the past few years. Taking influences atmospheric sludge metal, psychedelic rock, drone, post-rock, black metal, and ambient.

Mainly listeners fell head over heels for The Invisible Mountain (which I don't blame them since it's an incredible album) but shunned their ambient work, though their first release is Impale Golden Horn back in '07. The Invisible Mountain followed up a couple years later and a year later they released another drone ambient album, Forbidden Planet, then a year later they did the collaboration with Pyramids (which is a drone ambient album) and released a more rock/metal song on the split part. Overall Horseback is more of a drone and ambient band than a rock/metal band.

On Half Blood though it blends all of Horseback's styles, which is like mix of Neurosis, Earth, Burzum, and Popol Vuh...
The first two tracks are that awesome blackened psychedelic stoner post-metal/rock songs which everyone loves. Then it really hits the left-field with the first ambient and drone track, Inheritance. The next song, Arjuna, is the more rock/metal kind like the first two tracks, but one part has some clean vocals which sound like someone on Sesame Street... Though still a good song. The last three tracks are all drone and ambient songs, which I'm sure people will complain about... I have to say these are their best ambient and drone songs to date. I mean The Gorgon Tongue compilation is great, though these four drone and ambient tracks are awesome, especially the last two tracks. Hallucigenia III, the last song on the album which clocks in at twelve minutes is actually gorgeous, and even uplifting song, it's a great way to end Half Blood.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic Black-Math-Kraut-Drone 11 May 2012
By John Earle - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are familiar with Horseback's prior releases, you know what you are getting into here. The vocals are drenched in reverb, and sound like typical black metal vocals. The guitar has an americana twang, and the rhythym section holds the songs together.

If you liked the Invisible Mountain, you should enjoy this CD equally... In my opinion. The previous 2 star reviewer obviously does not like ambient tracks, which are kind of a precursor to enjoying Horseback. The Gorgon Tongue double CD was masterful in it's drone, and if you enjoy ambient music it would come highly recommended.

Don't let the 2 star reviewer put you off... go read the reviews from Pitchfork or Spin, and you will see that this CD is gaining a lot of critical praise. Each time you listen through this CD you will hear things you hadn't before, and that will lead to me enjoying it for many years to come. Enjoy!
4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Mountain 17 Jan 2013
By ChokeCake - Published on Amazon.com
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Fans of Invisible Mountain should be pleased with Half Blood; it's a strong step forward for the sound established on that album. Appropriately titled, Half Blood marries Horseback's stoner groove half with its dark ambient half: something like a Kyuss/Nurse with Wound split. The result is the group's most driving and captivating record, rich in texture and ambiance.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not This Again 9 May 2012
By Joel Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me start by saying that I think the Album "The Invisible Mountain" by Horseback is fantastic, and the songs "Invokation", "Tyrant Symmetry" and "The Invisible Mountain" on said album are monumental in terms of their greatness.

Not so great, and in fact downright terrible in my opinion, is their album "Gorgon Tongue", which essentially consists of ambient guitar feedback from start to finish.

I purchased this latest album on good faith, because after previewing the songs here on amazon I could tell that they once again included some real guitar playing. To my horror I was only half right. The songs "Mithras", "Ahriman" and "Arjuna" are heavy doom songs which are similar in their rocking heaviness to the aforementioned masterpiece Invisible Mountain. The four other tracks, are monotonous, boring, ambient drone devoid of any sort of beat or tune that would cause a person to bang their heads much like Gorgon Tongue.

So yes, the last three tracks, including the 12 minute "album only" track, are basically ambient squealing. I listened on, waiting for some kind of huge breakdown that unfortunately never came. Having bought the whole album I feel terribly cheated, and misled. Why is it that this band, which I want to love dearly, cannot put out an album that from open to close is crushingly heavy and devoid of filler? Which in terms of this particular album, means nearly 30 minutes of filler. Really guys, you couldn't bother to add 8 minutes to "Ahriman" which is a great song, but you could leave the amp on and record feedback for 21 minutes and call it "Hallucigenia"? I want to know who at Relapse Records thought this was a good idea...
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