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This week, the unmistakable bellows of the pioneering Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Down, Kingdom of Sorrow) will again be upon us.  Dream In Motion is Kirk's first solo effort and has him carrying the torch for the curiously named genre Sludge Metal, one he had a massive role in defining in the 1990s. But there is more here than meets the eye (or ear). This offering is a mammoth-sounding emotional ride that is truly something to behold. 

At first spin, we are greeted with a two-fisted plodding riff that tests the limits of your cerebrum. Once Kirk greets us with the first verse, you're instantly immersed in his classic style and approach. A sonic magnet. His haunting voice grabs and does not let go. I can only imagine how this would translate in a live setting. Totally captivating. One thing becomes instantly clear; You're now in Kirk's world, so you'd better suck it up and enjoy the ride.

The album continues to reel you in with each song. Imagine Black Sabbath's "Planet Caravan" on steroids. Haunting, dark melodies intertwined with surging riffs deliver the darkness inherent in selections such as "Hollow Dying Man" and "Necropolis." "Toxic" is a sure-fired kick in the teeth, illustrating the desire in all of us to rid ourselves of the negativity in our lives. When one gets to 'that' point in their lives, a song like this should be within close reach always.

This collection of tunes ends with a very heavy interpretation of the classic "Aqualung" from Jethro Tull. An exciting choice that plays very well here. Accolades for that song are long and deserved over the decades, and Kirk here surely gives the song it's due. I felt as though I'd never heard it before and was a pleasure to listen to this song done so heavily. 

This album will mean many things to many people. Musically spot on, it's the perfect platter for Kirk's inspired, often painful lyrics. It's a haunting, dreamy album that covers a broad spectrum of existence, all set to some sludgy goodness that will keep you coming back for more.   This is a magnetically charged, emotional album which was a joy to hear and will undoubtedly have a place in my collection for years to come. If you are looking for a departure from the norm, give Dream In Motion a spin. It's a classic in the making and one you'll be hooked on the moment you press play.  


As always, rock on my friends!     Hunnypot Approved!     Overall Rating:  8.8 out of 10

Artist:  Kirk Windstein  LPDream In Motion Release Date: January 24th, 2020, Label:  Entertainment One

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