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You might be feeling the need for some good old-fashioned rock, and Dead Meadow will provide you with that.

Old Growth is driven by guitars and, oddly, it is driven in two different directions. On one hand, there are definitely long tentacles of metal that reach into Dead Meadow's sound, but equally they are within the thrall of fuzzed-out shoegazer rock. "Ain't Got Nothing (to Go Wrong)" is like either Galaxie 500 on steroids or Jesus & Mary Chain on depressants — it is really hard to tell. The sound that is produced by Dead Meadow is rich and full of texture, the sort of music that you can just sit back and listen to with your clamshell headphones on and try to absorb the layers of sound, like the depth of "What Needs Must Be" or "'till Kingdom Come."

Of course, the biggest pitfall to this stoner rock is that you can get so lost in your groove that you forget that you're might be trying to write a cohesive song, but luckily Dead Meadow tends to keep things in check, restraining themselves (mostly) to songs less than 5 minutes long. Old Growth is a fitting name for this dark and tangled web of sound produced by the DC band.