Friday, 23 September 2016

ALBUM REVIEW: Suicidal Tendencies – “World Gone Mad”

By Theron Moore

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 30/09/2016
Label: Suicidal Records

 
It flows in a virtually flawless manner and I do believe “World Gone Mad” will be remembered as one of their best records, ever.  This one’s a home run with a bullet. 
 
“World Gone Mad” CD//DD track listing:
 
1). Clap Like Ozzy
2). The New Degeneration
3). Living For Life
4). Get Your Fight On!
5). World Gone Mad!
6). Happy Never After
7). One Finger Salute
8). Damage Control
9). The Struggle Is Real
10). Still Dying To Live
11). This World
 
 
The Review:
 
This record’s a battleship.  The crew, Suicidal, are armed and ready.  The waters they navigate are treacherous in a “World Gone Mad.  I’ve listened to this record three times so far, this is what we’ve been waiting for -- a rock solid return to their punk roots and a celebration of their metal soul.  Most of all, though, I feel like “World Gone Mad” is a document of our times. 
 
The record drops at the end of September, right in the middle of a crazy presidential election, at a time when terrorism is at its screaming worst, and racial tensions are at an all-time high.  And this record reflects all of that. And more.  World Gone Mad” has a dark and ominous tone that creeps through the record.  Track four, “Get Your Fight On” sums it up lyrically – “…just look around, the world’s gone crazy…if you’re waiting on a hero we’ll all be dead…”  This record has heart and soul.  There’s a vibe of continuity that’s almost unsettling here, guiding the listener in very calculated fashion.   It has purpose and direction.  This is S/T at the very TOP of their game.
 
World Gone Mad” is a proper return to the sound they perfected in the 80’s that straddles their punk roots ala their debut record and the metal edge coupled with Muir’s critical humor and societal eye of “Lights…Camera…”  The band sounds fresh, tight and reinvigorated with the addition of Dave Lombardo on drums.  I say this for a reason.  The drumming stands out on this record like an exclamation point and at times rallies the band with a cohesiveness I haven’t heard in quite a while.
 
“Clap Like Ozzy” sets the tone for the rest of the record:  Warpath.  Mosh fest.  Fast punky guitar and drumming the way it used to be.  Overall, the songs on this record, especially “Clap…” and “Living for Life” seem like polished versions of songs that could’ve been on their first, self-titled record.  I can’t emphasize this enough.  Muir and band have reconnected with S/T’s past in a way I didn’t think would happen again.  And it sounds real, not forced, genuine. 
 
The New Degeneration” might be the most honest indictment of today’s kids I’ve heard so far.  Where’s the rage and anger?  Where’s the demand for change?  Why the canned rebellion and not a call for action, true action instead of slaving to social media and the like?  You can hear Muir’s questioning, Muir’s anger in this song.
 
I mentioned “Living for Life,” before.  It stuck with me because it has a Dead Kennedy’s groove to it, S/T style.  Again, a song that could’ve easily been on their debut record.  Lombardo’s drumming makes this song and it shows.  This is where the band rallies around Dave, taking the lead and setting Muir up to go in for the kill.
 
 
I could keep describing songs but the truth, is, there’s not a bum track on this record.  It flows in a virtually flawless manner and I do believe “World Gone Mad” will be remembered as one of their best records, ever.  It’s already made my best of 2016 list.  Band chemistry is killer with this lineup.  This one’s a home run with a bullet.  Buy it.
 
“World Gone Mad” is available to pre-order here
 
Band info: official || facebook

ALBUM REVIEW: Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard - ‘“Y Proffwyd Dwyll”

By: Charlie Butler

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 30/09/2016
Label: New Heavy Sounds


  
“Y Proffwyd Dwyll” is a celestial voyage of crushing density.  “Valmasque” sets the tone for the album, establishing a towering wall of sound built from huge lumbering riffs, set against a backdrop of swirling space noise and sci-fi synths that enhance their attack and swell their sound to a galactic scale.  Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard have struck gold here with their distinct brand of spaced-out carnage.

‘“Y Proffwyd Dwyll” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1). Valmasque
2). Y Proffwyd Dwyll
3). Gallego
4). Testudo
5). Osirian
6). Cithuula


The Review:

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard is a name that conjures certain preconceptions. New LP “Y Proffwyd Dwyll” is a colossal slab of cosmic heaviosity worthy of such a ludicrous moniker. However, the execution of these six epic tracks is a million miles from the standard stoner doom you might expect from a band whose name could’ve been generated by pointing at four random words on an Electric Wizard lyric sheet.

Valmasque” sets the tone for the album, establishing a towering wall of sound built from huge lumbering riffs. The band more than hold their own in this department, the monstrous intro of “Osirian” being a particularly prime example. Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard have a couple of tricks up their sleeve though that elevate their sound into another dimension.

The first is their use of electronics. The whole record is awash with swirling space noise and sci-fi synths that enhance their attack and swell their sound to a galactic scale. The instrumental “Gallego” brings to mind Hawkwind and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop after undergoing a sludge conversion.

The other key element here is the vocals. On first listen Jessica Ball’s vocals seem too smooth and polished against the mayhem in the background. Subsequent listens reveal them to be the lynchpin that brings everything together. Coated in layers of sweet reverb, they increase the hypnotic psychedelia of the music while adding catchy melodic hooks. The poppy chorus of “Valmasque” is like Grimes fronting Sleep doing the soundtrack to 70’s Doctor Who. The climax of “Cithuula” sees her channelling Chino Moreno at his most dramatic while the band provide a suitably crushing Deftones-indebted backdrop.

“Y Proffwyd Dwyll” is a celestial voyage of crushing density that threatens to draw their home of Wrexham into a black hole. Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard have struck gold here with their distinct brand of spaced-out carnage.

‘“Y Proffwyd Dwyll” is available here

Band info: bandcamp || facebook

RIYL: Conan, Slomatics, Yob, Windhand

EP PREMIERE - Minneapolis sludge metallers No Funeral debut "Misanthrope"



No Funeral is a sludge metal band from Minneapolis MN (ex Sourvein current Witchden), who have just released a 4 song cassette called “Misanthrope” (limited to 100 copies) on their own label No Funeral Recordings. This is their first release, although they’ve been around about 4 years and you can check the release in full below and can bed preordered here



Band info: facebook || bandcamp

Thursday, 22 September 2016

TRACK PREMIERE: NYC's Last Hours get "Jagged" on new single

 
Last Hours is a new band comprised of current and former members of NYC bands Family and Beast Modulus, bands well known to The Sludgelord over the years.  Taking influence from a breadth talented bands raging from Deftones, Tool, Meshuggah, Mastodon, Soundgarden, APerfect Circle, Isis, Queens Of The Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, Failure, The DillingerE scape Plan, Every Time I Die, Glassjaw, Tomahawk, and Gojira this band’s music and production are the vision of songwriters, Phil SanGiacomo and Tyler Krupsky.  
 
With their debut self titled EP set to be released on October 4th, 2016, The Sludgelord are stoked to have been given the opportunity to air a third track taken from this EP entitled “Jagged  “Last Hours” was Written, performed and produced by Phil SanGiacomo (drums, guitar, lyrics) and Tyler Krupsky (guitar, vocals, lyrics) and also features John LaMacchia of Candiria  on the track “The Enemy Within”.  It is available to order here




Band info: BANDCAMP || FACEBOOK
 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

ALBUM REVIEW: Throttlerod - "Turncoat"

By: Theron Moore

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 24/06/2016
Label: Small Stone Recordings



The band takes its time building songs, one musical layer at a time, piecing tones together like puzzle pieces with the vocals being the perfect final fit.  This band demands your time and attention to bond with and rightfully so, the songs deserve it.  Great, great record.  Seek it out.  Light a candle.  Pour a glass of wine.  Let it speak to you.


‘Turncoat’ CD//DD//LP track listing:


01).Bait Shop
02).Lazy Susan
03).Never was a Farmer
04).Lima
05).Turncoat
06).You Kicked My Ass at Losing
07).Gainer
08).Every Giant
09).Cops and Robbers
10).Breadwinner
11).I Know a Ship
12). The Guard


The Review:

Gotta admit, never heard of this band.  Not much of a stoner rock aficionado although I do enjoy certain bands of the genre as well as a bit of the ole mean green itself on occasion.  Have to come clean, I enjoyed Throttlerod’sTurncoat” which as I understand it, is the first record the band has put out in seven years since their previous release “Pig Charmer.” 

Southern fried weed N roll by way of Richmond Virginia, South Carolina removed.  Throttlerod’s down homies managed to avoid channeling generic Sabbath in favor of Seattle’s Skin Yard and dare I say, more traditional hard rock throughout the record?  And it’s heavy without trying hard which for me says more about how in touch they are as a band with their identity than a lot of other groups I’ve recently listened to that strain to prove who they are. 

Throttlerod’s sound is eclectic but heavy without having to try, the sign of a band that’s firing on all cylinders. The band takes its time building songs, one musical layer at a time, piecing tones together like puzzle pieces with the vocals being the perfect final fit.  Don’t expect Electric Wizard or Sleep with Throttlerod.  This band demands your time and attention to bond with and rightfully so, the songs deserve it.  Great, great record.  Seek it out.  Light a candle.  Pour a glass of wine.  Let it speak to you.

‘Turncoat’ is available here

Band info: bandcamp || facebook

ALBUM REVIEW: Asphyx - "Incoming Death"

By: Richard Maw

Album Type: Full Lenth
Date Released: 30/09/2016
Label: Century Media Records



this is a fantastic Asphyx album and a ferocious beast of a record all around. It adds to the band's considerable legacy and confirms Asphyx as one of the very best operating in this arena. Indeed, such is their sound, they are in a category of one, really. I have always thought of them as being kind of the European equivalent to Obituary; cult favourites with a unique sound and style. This is indeed death/doom, done the brutal way.

Incoming Death’ CD//DD//LP track listing:

1. Candiru
2. Division Brandenburg
3. Wardroid
4. The Feeder
5. It Came From The Skies
6. The Grand Denial
7. Incoming Death
8. Forerunners of the Apocalypse
9. Subterra Incognita
10. Wildland Fire
11. Death: The Only Immortal

The Review:

Asphyx return after the superb “Deathhammer” from a few years back. Van Drunen and co. are firing on all cylinders here. Asphyx are certainly a classic band- one of the first to really mix doom and death together and they have a certain viciousness which I have always found rather teutonic (rather than Dutch). It is business as usual for the opener “Candiru”; fast and furious, a thick sound that is a little warmer than its predecessor's production, but certainly no less deadly.

Naturally, after the fast paced pummelling comes the slower delivery of “Division Brandenburg- ruthlessly heavy and with the Germanic sound that the title suggests. The band summon the sound of rolling tanks very effectively just as Bolt Thrower or Ravens Creed have done. “Wardroid” is also fantastically weighty and crushing. Over the course of the eleven tracks, the band don't put a foot wrong. The vocals are pleasingly as rough as ever, the band playing with authority.

The tempo kicks up several notches with “The Feeder”; the band barrelling along at Motorhead pace, dropping to half time when needed... and then dropping again. “It Came from the Skies” is a beast; a maelstrom of riffage and mid tempo groove. There are two tracks which go over into epic length territory; “The Grand Denial” is a veritable feast of doom/death at over seven minutes in length, with the final track, “Death: The Only Immortal” running over eight!

The rest of the album is a focused and toned listen with most tracks following actual song structures rather than the riff-soup approach of many death bands. The title track is particularly vicious and sprints by in under two minutes. Just as “Deathhammer's” title track was a stand out, as is “Incoming Death”. Awesome stuff.
“Forerunners of the Apocalypse” is another stomper of a riff and rhythm that is guaranteed to get your head banging. “Subterra Incognita” shifts the gears downwards again, giving a good ebb and flow to the album's structure. Unsurprisingly, “Wildland Fire” sounds exactly like its title; fantastic riffs, good use of tempo shifts and all in all, a late album stand out. The aforementioned “Death...” closes proceedings in epic style. Eight minutes of carefully balanced doom and death- with that monstrous bass sound pushed front and centre.

To sum up, this is a fantastic Asphyx album and a ferocious beast of a record all around. It adds to the band's considerable legacy and confirms Asphyx as one of the very best operating in this arena. Indeed, such is their sound, they are in a category of one, really. I have always thought of them as being kind of the European equivalent to Obituary; cult favourites with a unique sound and style. This is indeed death/doom, done the brutal way.

Incoming Death’ is available here

Band info: facebook

RIYL: Autopsy, Hail of Bullets, Bolt Thrower, Obituary

"The Black Sabbathian Supernatural beast" A SLUDGELORD TRACK PREMIERE: "Spore Lord I" by Spore Lord


The Spore Lord is the bastard child of a black sabbathian supernatural beast. It was born and raised in acid washed riffs and fuzz induced fires. Its power lies in the way it weaves listeners into a tapestry of fungus fuelled dreams. You can easily get lost in the grooves of its records. The sounds are slick and tightly composed shifting over growing and glowing landscapes with every breath. It leaves a sludge bathed trail that reeks of sultry bong water. In person its performances create threads of inter-dimensional vibrations that clothe and feed homeless eared vagrants, deafening them into submission with bone crushing towers of amplifiers.  It nurtures these doom inspired thieves. Then lulls them into a false sense of security with enigmatic harmonies right before it churns them into heavy grinding machinery, cranks them out like ground beef and buries them in a medieval bog to grow more mouth watering spores.

It's from the mystical spores of the bog that the debut full length album was crafted under the infamous supervision of producer/engineer Matt Washburn of Ledbelly Sound Studios (Mastodon, Artemis Pyledriver). The LP is set to crush air waves and warm your bones this December 2nd of 2016 and today we have an exclusive premiere of “Spore Lord I” which you can check out below



Band info: facebook