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Nathan Wade and the Dark Pioneers: The Gospel of Rust
Buy! - (self-released)
This Seattle guitarist/vocalist takes a big leap forward on his 2nd full-length, which features a richer, more dynamic sound on doom-laden, fire-and-brimstone songs ranging from loud, dramatic rock to haunting, atmospheric ballads, fleshed out with rumbling, reverb-laden guitars, violin, cello, slide and steel guitars, organ and more. Nick Cave is an obvious touchstone, but you can also hear echoes of Jeff Buckley, Ennio Morricone, Led Zeppelin and David Lynch. While Wade’s early recordings showed promise, his apocalyptic musical vision comes to full fruition here. 8/20/2010 - Don Yates