Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Yamakunt - 'Chemical Masterpieces' EP (Review)

By: Dan. C.

Album Type: EP
Date Released: 13/04/2015
Label: Independent


Vocals on the ‘Chemical Masterpiece's’ EP in general sound like a scathing cat in torture that works just fine for this kind of fist fuck.  ‘Wrecking Machine’ is dirty and belongs in the trash but maybe that's why I like it. Overall given a few more years I feel like they will eventually get a better sound recording wise and better songs but this is definitely a good start for a band that comes from a land of Black Sabbath, Iron Monkey, Electric Wizard and the like.

Chemical Masterpieces’ DD track listing:

1). Drugsludge
2). Wrecking Machine
3). 28 Pills Later
4). Ianmyra

The Review

Obligatory hails to the U.K. sludge sound which is still intact in this culture of over glossed hardcore. Yamakunt, bring the sludge out in the best possible way. The riffs plow through all kinds of dirge that sound rough but powerful. Despite being a pretty low fi recording,the bass is up in the mix as is the vocals and the drums are definitely in tempo but sound a bit weak .  So here goes my first review for The Sludgelord...

‘Drugsludge’ doesn't necessarily bring anything brand new to the table as the intro is very a-typical for sludge/doom however, once the singer comes in with “KUNT!” I'm all ears. Vocals on the ‘Chemical Masterpiece's’ EP in general sound like a scathing cat in torture that works just fine for this kind of fist fuck. They probably used a low budget microphone but at least the singer has issues and that's what makes this band really stand out amongst a lot of other sludge bands.  ‘Wrecking Machine’ is dirty and belongs in the trash but maybe that's why I like it. A weird Clutch thing comes out with the vocals if you're down with that, it has that rhythm that bounces along with the guitar riff. The bass break is a good change of pace and the vocals explode quickly afterward with searing pain.

My favorite track by far is ‘28 Pills Later’. Even if it isn't slow and shattering this one still brings a fuck all vibe and reminds me a little of Fistula's faster elements. They lead into a doomier slower tempo near the end and this track is golden. Makes me want more of this.

‘Ianmyra’ is pretty fucking torturous and slow, ushering in the end of this 4 song ‘Chemical Masterpiece’. Given a few more years I feel like they will eventually get a better sound recording wise and better songs but this is definitely a good start for a band that comes from a land of Black Sabbath, Iron Monkey, Electric Wizard and the like. On top of it all, they look like scumbags. Looking forward to hearing more from these hood rats.

‘Chemical Masterpiece’ is available as a ‘name your price’ here

FFO: Black Sabbath, Iron Monkey, Electric Wizard, Fistula




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