Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Destination: Earth - Play The Hits Of The Futuredotdotdot
artworkTwelve instros amid sixteen tracks include three pretty darn surfable songs. Destination: Earth is in their own league, and continues to produce consistent instrumental rock.
Picks: Magnetic Menace, Running Out Of Limits, Terror Firma, Tripwire, The Robot Exterminator, Space Cowboy Party Theme, Dangerous Science, Suzy Space Cadet, Warp Gore Beach, Ballistic Capabilities, Numeric Specifications, Undefined, Out Of The Shadows, Into The Sunset

Track by Track Review


Magnetic Menace dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is an aggressive and well arranged rock instro, with a solid beat and big twang chords. It has an interesting super hero guitar line, and is relentless in its delivery.

Running Out Of Limits dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A long sample opens into a grumbly chord progression riff rocker. It's kinda Neil Hefty-ish, and on the thick side.

Terror Firma dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

An ominous opening leads to a cold distortofest with a cool bridge. Some fine string bending and/or whammy action adds to the danger.

Tripwire dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Tripwire" is a lighter instro with a more surfable melody line, and a superhero feel. Whammy sting and circular licks are augmented with swirling Theremin and a solid beat. Infectious and well constructed, simple and interesting.

The Robot Exterminator dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"The Robot Exterminator" is a dangerous riff rocker with a machine chorus repeated frequently. OK, but not very interesting, though the drum break is pretty cool.

Space Cowboy Party Theme dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Cowboys on steroids ride the mechanical bulls in Austin. That's the general tenor of "Space Cowboy Party Theme," though there's also more consistent intensity and less dynamics than that might suggest.

Dangerous Science dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Gloomy guitar with great drums and chunky bass. The drums are easily the most interesting feature of "Dangerous Science," though the guitar line works well enough. It's just a bit too unchanging.

Suzy Space Cadet dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Suzy Space Cadet" is a quirky song that's more than a little friendly. A splendid and fun melody, a groovy bass line, and interesting drums combine to create an off beat and intriguing song. I like this a lot.

Warp Gore Beach dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

An ominous bass line and urgent drums run under dangerous guitar lines. "Warp Gore Beach" is invaded by some lines from a distant telephone spoken like grunge is alive.

Ballistic Capabilities dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Ballistic Capabilities" is dark and dangerous, with great drums and solid bass. The guitars drives a mean bus through a war zone. Midstream, the wail of a Theremin meanders across the track. Thick and ominous.

Numeric Specifications, Undefined dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Numeric Specifications, Undefined" opens with a sample that's been used at least twice before in other songs. Great drums and bass, and a progression.

Out Of The Shadows, Into The Sunset dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

the bass opens this almost Los Straitjackets song. The production values and tone are not LS, but the melody and arrangement are similar enough to give you the idea. "Out Of The Shadows, Into The Sunset" is a very cool tune, melodic and bouncy, with excellent playing all around. Out at the end of the track is about 15 minutes of electronoise.