Friday, 17 August 2018

REVIEW: Kurokuma, "Dope Rider" EP

By: Chris Bull

Album Type: EP
Date Released: 30/07/2018
Label: Doom Stew Records

Kurokuma prove once again, that trends in heavy music never last, but creating something unique and personal within the boundaries of heavy music, undoubtedly will.

“Dope Rider” CD//CS//DD//LP track listing:

1). Dope Rider Part 1
2). Dope Rider Part 2

The Review:

I'm always drawn towards bands that tread their own path, so it's rather fitting that I get to review the phenomenal Kurokuma's latest EP, 'Dope Rider'. While the concept maybe based on a comic strip from marijuana themed publication High Times, fans of traditional stoner will be shocked at the lack of copy and paste pentatonic riffs and banshee wails.

Part one of this 2 part release teases the eardrums with Joe E. Allen's always hypnotic, tribal drumming while feedback and droning guitars build slowly. The verse riff is superb showing just how unique the band are in their approach to song writing and riff crafting. Driven by Allen's drumming, vocals are traded back and forth between guitarist Jacob Mazlum and bassist George Ionita to accentuate the rhythmic flow and as the track draws to its natural conclusion, awash with gritty psychedelic textures, it's Allen's use of the mighty cowbell that closes.

Part Two starts off meatier than a caveman barbecue with devastating, muted riffs amid drumming that seems off kilter but is nevertheless absolutely on point. The tremolo riffing caught me off guard and had me gurning and nodding in definite approval. By the time the most accessible closing riff bleeds out to some droning, notes, listeners will want to press play all over again. At least I did...about 6 times...

Kurokuma prove once again, that trends in heavy music never last, but creating something unique and personal within the boundaries of heavy music, undoubtedly will.

“Dope Rider” is available digital here. Cassette and CD available at Vinyl coming September 2018. 

Band info: bandcamp || facebook

Thursday, 16 August 2018

SATAN'S DOZEN: 13 Unearthly Hymns Unearthed #10 (May/June 2018)

Compiled by: Andrei Moose
Artwork by: Josh Mashesh

SATAN’S DOZEN is THE SLUDGELORD’s attempt to present the very best music the underground scene has to offer. Each and every month our member of the Russian chapter Andrei Moose painstakingly sifts through the best new releases on bandcamp and chooses 13 of the best and bundles them together into the mightiest riff sandwich.

Whilst all the albums we have included below are top tier stuff, we have compiled them into a chart on a sliding scale of 13-1. So we hope you dig our selections from May/Junl 2018 and enjoy 13 Unearthly Hymns Unearthed.    These bands need more exposure, so go “like” “share” and “follow” their pages, but most of all enjoy some of the best music the underground has to offer.  THE SLUDGELORD most sincerely approves.   Now, prepare for your speakers to be destroyed.

13.  Dying Hydra, “Dying Hydra” (Copenhagen, Denmark) Released May 30, 2018  

Atmospheric / Sludge / Metal
12. Meteor Vortex , “Absorb / Implode” (Kouvola, Finland) Released May 30, 2018 

Instrumental / Psychedelic / Stoner / Rock
11. Grin, “Revenant” (Berlin, Germany) Released April 27, 2018 

Psychedelic / Stoner / Doom / Metal / Sludge


10). Wytchgoat, “Kult Of The Wytch Goat” (Virginia) Released March 4, 2018 

Psychedelic / Stoner / Doom
9. Bridge Burner, “Null Apostle” (Auckland, New Zealand) Released May 31, 2018  

Blackened Hardcore / Grindcore / Death / Metal
8. Electric Monolith, “Ressurect the Dead” (Barcelona, Spain) Released May 4, 2018 

Heavypsych / Stoner / Rock

7. Saturno Grooves, “Solar Hawk” (Durango, Mexico) Released May 21, 2018  

Instrumental / Desert / Stoner / Rock
6. Kint, “Stoned.Immaculate” (Italy) Released June 1, 2018 

Noise-Rock / Post-Punk
5. Alien Mustangs, “Alienation” (Thessaloniki, Greece) Released May 15, 2018 

Psychedelic / Acid / Garage / Fuzz / Stoner / Rock
4. Thunder Horse, “Thunder Horse” (San Antonio, Texas) Released June 1, 2018 

Stoner - Metal
3. Mystic Sons, “Mystic Sons” (Switzerland) Released June 1, 2018 

Heavypsych / Stoner - Rock

2. Hidden Haze, “Worms to Feed” (Warsaw, Poland) Released June 6, 2018 

Psychedelic / Stoner / Doom / Metal
1. Kaiser, “1st Sound” (Helsinki, Finland) Released May 26, 2018 

Desert - Rock / Stoner - Rock

Band info: Dying Hydra || Meteor Vortex || GRIN || Bridge Burner || Electric Monolith || Saturno Grooves || Kint || Alien  Mustangs || Thunder Horse || Mystic Sons || Hidden Haze || Kaiser

TRACK PREMIERE: The Necromancers, "Secular Lord"

Having been previously unfamiliar with French occult doom quartet The Necromancers , it came as somewhat of surprise that the band are set to release their second full length, a mere 12 months after their debut.  No small feat by today’s standards. 

Back in the day, when Sabbath was known to few, but on the cusp of greatness, legendary acts such as Sabbath, would bang out an album a year, tour it, get back in the studio and 12 months later, another record would be released.  To be able do this with regularity it one thing, but to consistently produce strong material is perhaps the exception to the rule.  What am I trying to say then?  Well for one The Necromancers are clearly dedicated hard working band, but perhaps more significantly, having reviewed their previous album, they’re able to produce consistently kick ass albums and when we got the call to premiere a track, I couldn’t have been more stoked.

Although this French quartet's second album still features the lumbering doom and cultish heavy rock they are known for, it is clear on new album “Of Blood And Wine” they appear to have dug deeper within themselves as song writing and in turn they have produced a record of great depth and quality.  So without further ado check out the track “Secular Lord” below as well as small quote from the band about the track.  Recorded at Nomad Studio, “Of Blood And Wine” must be like the 100th record Ripple Music will have released this year, but all kidding aside, the record will available via this distinguished label on October 5th 2018 on all formats. 

“Secular Lord” talks about Vlad 'The Empalor' Tepes. He is the historical character who inspired Bram Stoker for Dracula. We chose to talk about the legend and the myth here. We think it’s another song exploration for us, having that kind of voices and guitars sounds. Feels great for a first single!

Band info: facebook

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

ALBUM REVIEW: KEN mode, "Loved"

By: Charlie Butler

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 31/08/2018
Label: Season of Mist |
New Damage Records

Few records will match the sheer rage and intensity of “Loved” this year. Almost 20 years into their existence, KEN mode have released their finest work that sets the bar for riff-heavy noise rock in 2018.

“Loved” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1. Doesn't Feel Pain Like He Should
2. The Illusion Of Dignity
3. Feathers & Lips
4. Learning To Be Too Cold
5. Not Soulmates
6. Very Small Men
7. This Is A Love Test
8. Fractures In Adults
9. No Gentle Art

The Review:

Winnipeg trio KEN mode make a welcome return with new LP “Loved”. It is by far the nastiest entry in their impressive body of work and all the better for it.

The album screams into life with “Doesn’t Feel Pain Like He Should”, a feral burst of sludged up noise rock that sounds like Unsane plugged into the mains. KEN mode have always dealt in a potent blend of churning low-end rumble, razor wire guitar lines and frantic vocals but they have never sounded as livid and visceral as they do on “Loved”. “The Illusion Of Dignity” continues the carnage, this time raising the intensity levels with furious squalls of saxophone at the track’s climax. Somehow the band manage to maintain this frightening level of ferocity through “Not Soulmates” and “Very Small Men” while introducing some touches of Botch style math rock into the fray.

This Is A Love Test” provides some welcome respite with passages of quiet restrained menace bolstered by more saxophone, this time providing unsettling melody. These periods of calm only serve to emphasise the abrasive attack when the band kick back into high gear.

After eight tracks of seething rage, KEN mode somehow manage to save their hardest hitting track for last. “No Gentle Art” is a masterclass in slow-burn build and release dynamics, rising from a barely audible bass pulse and muttered threats into an utterly devastating one chord onslaught riddled with screams, feedback and wild saxophone noise. The music is the perfect match for Jesse Matthewson’s repeated howls of “STOP GIVING ME HOPE”, the sound of all dreams being ground into dust.    

Few records will match the sheer rage and intensity of “Loved” this year. Almost 20 years into their existence, KEN mode have released their finest work that sets the bar for riff-heavy noise rock in 2018.

“Loved” is available to preorder/buy here & here

Band info: bandcamp || facebook

Monday, 13 August 2018

ALBUM REVIEW: Evil Triplet, "Have A Nice Trip"

By: Victor Van Ommen

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 20/07/2018
Label: Super Secret Records

Is messy riffing intertwined with harmonics, synthesizer swirls and keys your thing? If so, hop on the Evil Triplet space ship and don’t look back.

“Have a Nice Trip” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1). Space Kitten
2). A Day Like Any Other
3). Aren’t You Experienced?
4). Open Heart
5). Pyramid Eye
6). Apparition

The Review:

Messy riffing intertwined with harmonics, synthesizer swirls and keys? Is that your bag? Then by all means, what the hell are you waiting for? Go grab Evil Triplet’s new album, “Have A Nice Trip”. It’s great!

At first glance, Evil Triplet may sound like your every day psych-rock band. But give this album – and their last one, too – a few spins and you’ll experience the magic coming to the surface. There are melodic subtleties that have me going, did I really just hear that? Then there’s some discordant, angular riffing makes me wonder how someone lands on such an idea. Not only that, but how does one convince the rest of the band to go along? But then again, if you take into account how wet the vocals sound, I guess anything’s possible.

The album’s highlight is definitely “Open Heart.” It’s as close as the band gets to a song with a pop structure. A solid verse leads into a great chorus, and it’s all driven by those messy riffs, synthesizer swirls and keys. “Aren’t You Experienced” is a sprawling cut that lets loose of a lot of song structure but is no less catchy. The song’s lyrics tell a drug-themed tale by way of extra long verses and a concise chorus.

Then there’s the album’s closer, “Apparition.” Depending on the mood of the listener, this song is either a space-ballad or a road rager. As a song, Evil Triplet manage to capture both vibes in one, so the choice is that of the listener’s as to what they want to hear. How trippy is that? And it’s weird stuff like this that adds to the band’s magic.

So again, I ask you – is messy riffing intertwined with harmonics, synthesizer swirls and keys your thing? If so, hop on the Evil Triplet space ship and don’t look back.

“Have a Nice Trip” is available here

Band info: bandcamp || facebook

Friday, 10 August 2018

ALBUM PREMIERE: Let your speakers die with The Voyager by Clover

Kingston, New York's hardcore/sludge/post metal trio Clover are set to return with a brand new album The Voyager on 11/08/2018. Following the release of their sophomore album Exile in 2016, the bands blend off a heavy, offers a distinctive punch, weight and flow that blurs genre lines. Vocalist/bassist Andrew Guthaus' delivery is distinctive enough to permeate the no frills production and on the whole The Voyager is a definite progress and their strongest release to date. 

The Voyager will be released on 11/08/18 on CD and digital download.  You can preorder the album now at and there will be a record release show on 11/08 at the Anchor in their hometown of Kingston, NY. More info available  about that is available on on the Clover facebook page the meantime you can check our The Voyager in full below and let you speakers die!!

Band info: official || facebook || bandcamp

Thursday, 9 August 2018

VIDEO PREMIERE: La Chinga, "Wings of Fire"

La Chinga’s classic-rocking, sophomore record “Freewhelin,’” harkened back to the days of yore when a band would roll into town and bring a party with them. Forged in 2012, La Chinga’s style of retro-rock serves up that saucy 70s vibe, with an Aerosmith swagger, Van Halen style riffing and that all important bad ass guitar solo. At the end of the day, each song is a party and luckily today y’all are invited for the ride as we debut their brand new video “Wings of Fire” lifted from their forthcoming album “Beyond The Sky” set for release via Small Stone Records on 07/09/2018 (available here).  Check out the video below and what director of the video R.D. Cane had to say about it.

La.Chinga….When they asked me to shoot a video I had to really think about how to pay all due respect to their guitar heavy forefathers and still visually knock the socks off of a whole new generation of young rockers. We knew we wanted to make it colourful and exciting but simple enough to not get in the way.  “Wings of Fire” just rocks.  La Chinga know their thing and they do it so well.  Thanks La Chinga, this was a blast to shoot and hanging out was very cool, I really can’t wait to do more…

Band info: Facebook || Bandcamp