Closing In

  • Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Oct 11, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Alternative Press
    The irony police already have an APB out on these dudes... but in reality, the old guard are just jealous because they didn't think of it first. [Dec 2005, p.206]
  2. That they can create such a heavy sound with just two people is nothing short of genius.
  3. Closing In is a classic guitar-driven heavy metal record. It's a throwback to early 80s thrash, the era before speed often became a substitute for creative ideas.
  4. For devote metal heads, Early Man may represent a renaissance of the original, pure metal sound that started it all. For everyone else, Closing In will be received as a retro novelty rather than a serious musical accomplishment.
  5. Closing In is numbingly derivative, not just because it wears its influences like a bat in its mouth, but because there's nothing even remotely memorable or engaging about it.
  6. Closing In might be a fun listen, but considering the wealth of metal bands who continue to push the genre's boundaries further outward, it's odd that Matador would put so much attention on a band as blatantly retro as Early Man.
  7. Uncut
    Early Man pull off metal with a back-to-basics swagger--even if their relentless assault does get a bit samey by the end. [Nov 2005, p.111]
  8. Spin
    Though these faux-naif hipsters genuinely worship the wizard of Ozzfest, they don't have the chops to do much about it. [Nov 2005, p.101]
  9. Closing In consists of amateurish approximations of the music the duo wishes it were playing.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. BLKCLD31
    Jan 13, 2006
    So easy to just sit back and simply Rock. Yes it is nostalgic but its been a while since anyone has done something so basic and unpretentious.
  2. tt
    Dec 15, 2005
    thank god this happened
  3. SeanT
    Dec 11, 2005
    sounds like death from above 1979 mixing with metallica,slayer,and sabbath....and that's not a good thing at all.