Dead Earth Politics are one of the most exciting bands to come out of Austin in recent years, as a matter of fact they have been voted “Best Metal Band” by the Austin Music Awards for four years in a row now! These guys know what's up and their stunning delivery, exciting riffs and perpetual musical growth proves this. Now they come to you with their 5th release in eight years, Mobius Hammersmith. This is an EP that simply works. From start to finish, every song is perfectly put together, beautifully executed and wonderfully exciting. Mobius Hammersmith gives a glimpse into a metal band who are getting heavier, more technical and more progressive with every release but never doing so at the expense of songwriting. In fact I'd argue that the material on Mobius Hammersmith is far and away their best yet. As is - there seems to be no limit on what this band is going to end up being capable of as they move forward from here, they are simply that good.
Whenever I talk about this band, I have to bring up Devon Brown's top notch vocal performances. He has the ability to do just about anything with his pipes and it is a pleasure to hear him tear up these tracks with just about every conceivable vocal style short of a Rob Halford-esque shriek. His vocals though, are only one part of the machine that is Dead Earth Politics. Listening to the anthemic guitar parts that guide us through epic solos, it rapidly becomes clear that this band is much more than just another melodic metal band. They have chops to create something that is raw, energetic and wonderfully flashy. It's the kind of metal that speaks to the heart and touches on traditional tropes without ever getting too kitschy. Instead, Mobius Hamersmith seems to only get more exciting, passionate and fired up with every passing riff. The guys have come together on something truly special here.
I've listened to this EP a dozen times now, and though I feel like the band would be much better serviced with a full album, for a collection of five songs I don't feel like you can do a lot better than this. It leaves you wanting more and shows you that Dead Earth Politics are lords of their own universe. They create the sort of music that every metalhead wants to hear and are gently cultivating it into something truly over the top and special. Mobius Hammersmith is a high energy rock and roll masterpiece that takes the genre to a new level without having the audacity to truly shock. So yes, the band could develop more on their ideas, but as is, they deserve their spot as Austin's favorite metal band, and as they eat up miles on the road and plan more tours to come it seems clear that they have all the potential needed to become the next generations heavy metal gods.