Thinning The Herd are a band from New York that plays a mixture of doom metal, sludge, hardcore, rock and blues and this is a review of their 2013 album "Freedom From The Known" which was released by Saint Marks Records.
Drums range from slow to mid paced playing with no fast drumming or blast beats being present on this recording, while the bass playing has a very strong and powerful sound with heavy riffing that dominates throughout the recording.
Rhythm guitars range from slow to mid paced riffs that combine doom metal, sludge, hardcore, rock and blues together to create a sound of their own along with a good amount of melody being thrown into the riffing, while the lead guitars are very melodic and old school sounding doom metal/rock guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars which are only used briefly they use finger picking and full chords to add a progressive rock feeling to the recording.
Vocals are mostly clean singing metal/rock vocals with some spoken word samples being used at times, while the lyrics cover surviving everyday life, achieving a higher consciousness through transcendentalism, and the existence of aliens and other life forms, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful, heavy, dark and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording with some of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion Thinning The Herd are a very great sounding hybrid of doom metal, sludge, hardcore, rock and blues and if you are a fan of this musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Never Wanted" "Sludge" "Path Of Gold" and "In Front Of Me". RECOMMENDED BUY.