Have you ever stepped back from the frantic pace of life, and watched it like a movie? Images upon images, mouths moving, everyone on the way to somewhere… just letting it all pass by? That’s the place where Dead Meadow set up and unleashe their Sabbath-influenced psych-metal jams. With trance-like songs, heavy and colorful, D.M. create a way to view from afar the swirling madness of the world. The lyrics seem straight out of old medieval story lines, dark and a bit sinister, and jumpstart the imagination into gear. Feathers is Dead Meadow’s fourth studio release (second with Matador), and the first with guitarist Cory Shane, whose acumen has opened up a more compositional aspect to the music. This album is representative of their live show, and goes pretty far in bridging the gap between metal-doom rockers and indie rockers, who can at least agree on the pleasure of having the worry blown out of their heads.