Red Mesa The Path to the Deathless (Desert Records)
The slow, deliberate sauce that seeps out of Red Mesa’s new album The Path to the Deathless speaks not only to the desolation of the desert, but to a nebulous, impending problem. Doom, sure, but this is metal served at such a velvety, sluggish pace that drivers listening to this album late at night on the roads of New Mexico might want to set the cruise control to a proper speed, lest they find themselves inadvertently slowing down to keep pace with the music. Of surprising note is the violin on “Swallowed by the Sea” that comes in like piccolo trumpet from an Ennio Morricone composition. Good, bad and ugly: With The Path to the Deathless Red Mesa adds a weighty one to the sunburned collection of albums on the dashboard of the discerning desert drifter.