Tremendous low-end, muscular grooves, potent melodies, dissonance and angularity all blend seamlessly on The Ditch and the Delta‘s first full-length recording, Hives in Decline.
Picking up where 2015’s We Rust left off, Hives in Decline shows the Salt Lake City trio continuing to refine and expand upon their unique, concussive sound. The seven-track, 35-minute release flirts with a myriad of different styles while remaining firmly rooted in sludge. Listeners will expect hammering grooves and sprawling gloom, but be taken aback by the band’s utilization of noise rock abrasiveness, off-time rhythms, jagged guitar riffs and the subtle progressive flair. With its singular, eclectic sound and its defiance of genre convention, Hives in Decline shapes up to be one of the more memorable sludge releases in recent memory.