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Empty County Band

Die Alone

Review by Gary Hill

This four song EP is an intriguing set. The mix of sounds here ranges across near heavy metal, southern rock, psychedelia and even punk. It's all delivered with a texture that lends a real DIY garage band vibe. This feels rough around the edges, but in a good way. If you are looking for excellent sound quality and edges polished to gem-stone status, you probably are in the wrong place. If you are interested in some hard edged, authentic rock that is effective, give this a try.

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Track by Track Review
Empty County
I dig the hard-edged almost stoner rock vibe of this thing. This has a lot of psychedelia in the mix along with a DIY kind of element.
Die Alone

A mellower groove is on hand here. This has some psychedelia and garage band sound in the mix. It's another heavy and rather dark piece of sound. The edges on this are rough, but it lends some charm to the piece.

Buried in the Sand

A high energy rocker, there is some punk in the mix on this one. It has plenty of that psychedelic meets garage band thing, too. It's a hot number.

After All

Acoustic guitar brings this into being. It sort of feels like Guns N' Roses does Lynyrd Skynyrd. This is again unpolished in a cool way. The garage band textures add something to it. There is a good balance between harder rocking stuff and mellower sounds on this number. It shows another side of this act.

 
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