Saturday, 23 March 2019

ALBUM REVIEW: Contrarian, "Their Worm Never Dies"

By: Richard Maw

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 15/03/2019
Label: Willowtip Records

if you miss latter day Death, feast your ears on Atheist or love the Cynic debut then this will be music to your ears, because this is impressive stuff.

“Their Worm Never Dies” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1). Vaskania (The Evil Eye)
2. Exorcism
3. My Curse
4. The Petition
5. Among The Misled
6. Their Worm Never Dies
7. Whomsoever Worships the Whiteworm

The Review:

Technical and progressive death metal is surely an acquired taste- particularly when it comes with the jazzy inflections that bands such as Contrarian deliver by the bucketload. I reviewed the debut “Polemic” back in 2015, but I missed their sophomore effort, “To Perceive Is To Suffer”

So, what have the Rochester, New York, based outfit come up with this time around? Well, it once again references the past greats of the niche genre; latter day Death and Cynic are both in there. Naturally, George Kollias being behind the kit is a huge draw for many DM heads anyway. However, this is no Nile re-tread as he plays technical and jazzy; he's using brushes at the start of “Exorcism” for satan's sake! The sound is pretty great- quite spacious and not too slick. In fact, there is audible hiss and an almost demo like quality to the sound. It's not compressed beyond believe and it sounds authentic, old school and “real” in a way that albums made on pro tools grids alone do not. The drum sound may take a little getting used to, but that is for the listener to decide on. Don't expect boxy and muted sounds... but don't expect zero triggers either!

As the record progresses, it's clear that a fan of the first album will like this one; the leads that open “My Curse” are great, the vocals are another selling point; closer to Schuldiner than Corpsegrinder and they help by dialling down the brutality- this is not hyper-aggressive stuff. The riff passages are excellent and the clean intro of “The Petition” segues perfectly into some mesmerising riffage.

The progressive riffing of “Among The Misled” coupled with the off kilter rhythms does a great job of making the listener pay attention (cracking bass work, too). The title track is three minutes of melancholy vibes and keen lead work- an unexpected twist in the album's tale. The closing eight minutes of “Whomsoever Worships The Whiteworm” is the most extreme track on here, in terms of structure, delivery and sounds. The bass is super dexterous the time changes come thick and fast and the playing is sublime. 

To sum up, then, this third album is a highly credible slice of technical and progressive death metal. This is for all fans of any of the bands mentioned here in comparative terms. Just like the debut, if you miss latter day Death, feast your ears on Atheist or love the Cynic debut then this will be music to your ears. Impressive stuff. 

“Their Worm Never Dies” is available HERE

Band info: bandcamp || facebook

Friday, 22 March 2019

VIDEO PREMIERE: TEL deliver cold, depressive and melodic sludge doom on "Ouroboros"

“Lowlife”, the debut album from Richmond Virginia sludge doomsters TEL will be released on March 29 2019 via Aural Music. The album's five songs bridge the gap between the spacious doom of Yob, the raw sludge of Acid Bath, the progressive tendencies of Mastodon, and the sorrowful atmosphere of Katatonia.
Produced by Garrett Morris (the guitarist of Windhand, who has also recorded for the likes of Cough and Electric Wizard) and mastered by Dan Randall of Mammoth Sound Recordings (Iron Reagan, Ghoul, Cannabis Corpse, and many others).  Today at THE SLUDGELORD we’re excited to present TEL’s debut on the blog with the incredible video for the album track “Ouroboros” which you can check out below.  “Lowlife” is available for to order HERE

Band info: facebook

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

TRACK PREMIERE: 1782 deliver the perfect blend of stoner doom with "Oh Mary"

In 1782 Anna Göldi was condemned, she was tortured and killed, this was the last witchcraft trial in Europe. Fast forward to the present day and in honor of all the "witches" murdered by the bigoted minds of many generations, Italian duo Marco Nieddu and Gabriele Fancellu formed the stoner doom band 1782 and today at THE SLUDGELORD you can check out a brand new track by the band entitled “Oh Mary” which is taken from their debut album “1782” set for release on May 24th 2019 via Heavy Psych Sounds. Now douse those fires with water, turn up the volume and prepare to let your speakers die!!! You can preorder the album HERE

Band info: facebook

Thursday, 14 March 2019

VIDEO PREMIERE: Orso deliver the unique the intense and the monolithic with "Mitraillette"

Born again from the ashes of bands such as Kruger, Lausanne based instrumental post metalists, Orso play slow, thick and massive music, consisting of three guitars, a bass and drums, their music is tainted with dark melancholia.   Following up their debut EP “Primi Piatti” back in 2016, Orso are set to release their debut full length on the 5th April, entitled “Paninoteca” via Czar of Crickets and today we’re excited to debut a video for the track “Mitraillette” taken from the album. 
Preorders are available HERE and you can check out the video in full below. 

Band info: facebook || bandcamp

Friday, 8 March 2019

VIDEO PREMIERE: Progressive sludge trio Everest Queen debut "Blood That Binds The Iliad"

Hey folks.  I promised you a double helping of riffs today and that is exactly what we’re going to do with another video exclusive from an amazing band who I think you are all going to love.  I am very excited to welcome progressive sludge trio EVEREST QUEEN to the SLUDGELORD.
On the 18th April 2019 EVEREST QUEEN will issued their debut full length entitled “Dead Eden”, and having heard many different versions of the record, from an early mix to the finished mastered version, “Dead Eden” is built upon desne thick riffs that crush, swing and shift from all angles. EVEREST QUEEN are elegant song writers because they undertake a more progressive approach to their songs which in turn enables their compositions to twist and turn, their music is like a mind blowing collision styles ploughed from bands such as Mastodon, Gojira, Isis, Baroness and Conjurer but all of which flow seamlessly together.
“Dead Eden” will be self-released by EVEREST QUEEN on CD and Digital formats on April 18th 2019 with pre-orders being taken HERE.  But let us not forget about dem riffs, check out the fantastic performance video for the track “Blood That Binds The Iliad” below.  Turn it up loud and watch your speakers die!!

Band info: bandcamp || facebook

VIDEO PREMIERE: Lisburn City death doom ensemble The Crawling debut "Rancid Harmony"

Happy Friday folks and what better way to kick start the weekend than offering out some righteous riffs and today we have two brilliant bands for your attention and if I am not mistaken, they’re both making their first appearances at the mighty SLUDGELORD.  First up is The Crawling from Lisburn city, Northern Ireland a band whose music personifies heft and the might of the bludgeoning riff, added to that a mix of guttural vocal to combine melancholy with weight, they churn out a heavy, doom/death ensemble.
The closure of 2018 would see the release of their sophomore album entitled ‘Wolves and the Hideous White” a reflective batch of songs that deals with the human desire to belong, the sacrifices made to be part of someone, disillusion from loss of self, and the final inability to escape.  “Wolves and the Hideous White” is available to order HERE but for now  less chitter chatter and let us deal out some riffs.  Check out the brand new video from The Crawling entitled “Rancid Harmony” which you can check out in full below as well as a band insight for the track. 
“Is experiencing a connection with someone on any level better than none at all? Rancid Harmony reflects the facade of enjoyment, the dance we sell to the world, when inside it’s nothing but rot, and everyone sees it.”

Band info: facebook

Thursday, 7 March 2019

TRACK PREMIERE: Baltimore Sludge/Grind Addicts MUSKET HAWK get destructive with "Dios Mio"

Baltimore Sludge/Grind Addicts MUSKET HAWK will release their long-awaited third album, “Upside of Sick” on March 29 via Unholy Anarchy Records. Continuing to plumb the depths of extremity, MUSKET HAWK seeks to annihilate any semblance of tranquillity and bruise the psyches of fans and unsuspecting victims alike. “Upside of Sick” scrapes its way through sludge reverberations, while provoking chaos through grindcore bursts with a punk aura that is as undeniable as it is palpable. 
So grab hold of something immovable and hang on for dear life as we debut a brand new track “Dios Mio” which you can check out below.  Turn it up and watch your speakers die. Pre orders are available HERE

Band info: facebook || bandcamp