Oxford's Desert Storm release their debut album, Forked Tongues, through Bured In Smoke Records on April 18th, 2011. Inspired by and sharing similarities with the likes of Down, Clutch, Orange Goblin and Taint, the band serve up a strong mix of fine-tuned riffs, sludge and doomy blues grooves.
There is a vast dynamic range across the record - from the subtle and mellow to crushing waves of distortion. From the hook-laden riffage of Cosmic Drips and Ol’ Town to the dark, off-kilter metal of the fantastic title track, to the picked folk inflections on “The Void”, the band take on numerous influences to create a varied sound – one with as much of an appreciation of classic songcraft as of an appreciation of sheer heaviness.
The five piece first formed in 2007 and have since toured the UK twice whilst also playing alongside the likes of Orange Goblin, Winnebago Deal, Firebird, CKY and Taint amongst others. 2011 already sees them playing bigger shows, looking towards toruing and booking festival dates for the summer. With the release of their debut album, they look set to cement their position as one of the underworld’s finest new stoner acts. Memorable guitar lines and smoke-broken vocals in abundance, Desert Storm clearly know what they’re doing.
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