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Minneapolis torn-leather psychedelicists Daughters Of The Sun cop a graceful deathless vibe on their fourth full-length, Ride To Die. Severed by distance (singer/guitarist Nick Koenigs transplanted to L.A.) and other projects (Koenigs as Filthy Huns, percussionist Bennett Johnson and multi-instrumentalist Collin Gorman Weiland in Dreamweapon), the trio transmute these tolls into seven of their best badlands kosmosis interstate benders yet. The disintegrated chemistry of dirt-road hunts like “Desert Grave” or “Sater’s Ghost” sounds ingrained but reborn, bruised engines re-revving to life. Highway synth rhythms flutter between motorcycle riffs and pummeling war drums, evoking landscapes of psychic venom, spirits bleached under grease-stained sand. Moments of survivor wisdom surface too – the burned lope of “Lonely At The Top,” the rainstorm techno pulsing through “Fly By,” the 4:20 harbinger vision ushering in “Reigns Of Iron.” As songs and textures the LP pushes past their previous recordings into fatalist wrecked horsepower zones. Rare west coast tour this September. Recorded in Minneapolis, MN; mastered by Sonic Boom at New Atlantis. Artwork by Collin Gorman Weiland.