Sunday 8 December 2013

Junior Bruce - The Burden EP

The Burden EP cover art

Junior Bruce is a Sludge/Stoner Metal Band from DeLand, Florida, USA

The members are:

Vocals - Scott Angelacos
Guitar - Nate Jones
Guitar - Bryan Raymond
Bass - Tom Crowther
Drums - Jeff McAlear

Now I have been a fan of Junior Bruce ever since their brilliant debut album - The Headless King - was released in 2012. It won acclaim from fans and critics alike for it's style of heavy Doom, Sludge and Stoner Metal riffs with a distinct hardcore edge.

Well the guys are back with their brilliant two song EP - The Burden. A 12 minute all out attack on the senses. If you loved their previous release then you ain't heard nothing yet as Junior Bruce are back bigger, louder and better than ever. If this is what their new album is going to sound like then I can't fucking wait to hear it.

The Burden is a 5:22 minute hard rocking affair which gets right down to business of laying down some heavy as fuck brutal Sludge/Stoner based riffs with plenty of groove as well.

Up next is the 6:05 minute epic - The Ocean's Daughter - which sees Junior Bruce at their most fiercest and heaviest. Scott is on bruising form here. You can here the pain in Scott's voice as he shouts his heart out. This track is probably some of the bands finest work to date. It shows a more angrier Junior Bruce unlike ever before. I hope they continue this mood onto their new album due out in 2014.

The Burden EP is a blast from start to finish. Shame it's only 12 mins long as I was really start to lost control here. But it shows Junior Bruce are back with a vengeance after sadly losing their original drummer - Brett Tanner - back in 2012.

I hope Junior Bruce continue to make awesome music like this for as long as they can as the world of Sludge/Stoner Metal needs bands like Junior Bruce. They are a true force of nature. Nothing can stop them on this form.

You can download The Burden from their BandCamp Page on Buy Now Deal.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

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