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While citing Black Sabbath as an impact for any large band produces easy stoner rock and roll shorthand, North Carolina’s Caltrop is among the few shining illustrations where the impact can in fact be heard. The quartet, hailing from Chapel Hill, was produced in 2005 by Sam Taylor (electric guitar/vocals), Murat Dirlik (bass/vocals), Adam Nolton (electric guitar), and John Crouch (drums). With dense, fuzzed out riffs leading the charge of all of their music, Caltrop exists on the improbable intersection of Sabbath as well as the Allman Brothers Music group, creating detuned, psychedelic dirges using a soulful Southern blues/rock and roll inflection. Put in a touch from the long-form, post-metal melody structures of rings like Baroness and Globe, and you start to see why is the group tick. In 2006, the group self-released an eponymous demonstration, and in 2008 they released their initial full-length outing, TOP NOTCH, on Vacations for Quince.

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