Sunday 6 April 2014

SAPIEN - Toad Handler

Toad Handler cover art

Album Type:Album
Date Released: September 1st 2013
Label: Self Released

Toad Handler - track listing:

1.Regurgitator 07:41
2.Eyes of the Sun 06:37
3.Shackled and Shamed 06:45
4.Toad Handler 10:05


Sapien is a 4-piece Stoner Sludge Metal band from Edinburgh. We formed in the winter of 2012 and we take influences from a variety of genres including sludge, doom, metal and prog.

Band Members

Dan Atkinson (Bass/Backing Vocals)
Fergus Thomson (Guitar/Vocals)
Ronan Wevling (Guitar/Vocals)
Lyle Brown (Drums)


I should of featured Sapien sooner as the guys contacted me in February. Then my good friend John, Drummer from Sorry For Nothing raved on about these guys as they recently did a gig together in Newcastle Upon Tyne. So with John's recommendation and telling off still ringing in my ears I decided to give Sapien a spin.

Low and behold, what did I discover. Another awesome Sludge/Stoner Metal band from Scotland that came and fucked up my whole world. Damn their debut album – Toad Handler – is superb. A 30 minute hard-rocking Sludge/Stoner Metal album with a kick-ass progressive rock edge.

If you're into TAINT and HARK then you need to check these guys out now. As Sapien have some heavy as fuck crunching riffs for you to worship at. Sapien have a great Punk edge to their music especially with the vocals.

Each of the 4 tracks have a high amount of epic riffs to impress you with. Sapien don't fuck about. They feel like an out of control machine out on a murderous rampage. This is high voltage Sludge/Stoner Metal with a dangerous edge though. Check out blistering 2nd track – Eyes Of The Sun – which features some excellent Thin Lizzy style riffage. Always a big winner for me.

Loud violent noises is a big part of the Sapien experience and that is very clear on 3rd track – Shackled and Shamed – which goes straight for the jugular with meaty and bone-crunching riffs to fuck up your entire day.

Though Sapien leave the best track to last to show their undeniable talent. The 10 minute plus epic- TOAD HANDLER – which will impress the hell out of you as the guys pull out all the stops with action packed riffs. If you dig Progressive Sludge/Stoner Metal riffs with enough power to knock you out with, then this is the track you need to listen on FULL BLAST on your MP3 Player.

Toad Handler is an excellent album from start to finish. It's brilliantly produced and played by all involved. I

Headover to BandCamp and download this now as it's available for Free Download. You won't regret it. Though you can buy a CD copy as well.

Brilliant and Highly Recommended.

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Written by Steve Howe