Salt the Earth - "Process of
Lawrence's Salt the Earth brings the rock with their first release
since their 2001 self-titled debut. The question, of course, is it
worth the wait? I'm happy to say that the answer is a resounding "yes."
The recording quality is heads and tails above their debut. Also, while
only five songs, the whole EP smokes. It's certainly much easier to
understand Marty's vocals, and the whole sound is much more crisp than
Salt the Earth's sound is much more subdued this go-around, and that's
a good thing. The guitar work is much more intricate, or perhaps just
more obviously so, since the tempo is downplayed a bit. There's still
some shredding, so fans of the band's harder material need not worry.
And it's not even that it's subdued, really. "Process of Breaking" has
that same sense of urgency the self-titled record did, along with some
blisteringly fast guitar work. It's just that there's a better
combination of screaming and singing.
Process of Breaking has the
potential to make Salt the Earth a little
more familar to the kids who listen to Thrice and Thursday, and that's
not a bad thing, by any means.