Friday 5 September 2014

RODHA - Welter Through The Ashes (Album Review and Exclusive Album Stream)

Album Type: Album
Date Released: 13th September 2014
Label: Self Released

Welter Through The Ashes - track listing:

2.Welter Through The Ashes
5.Weak Little Souls
7.Thousand Headed Goddess
8.On Solid Grounds


stoner metal / sludge / hardcore from hamburg, germany

bad temper turned into music with light at the end of the tunnel. the four guys from hamburg celebrate the exorcism of inner demons in mid tempo and slo-mo cut by jagged outbreaks.


Mo (voc)
Timo (git)
Flo (bs)
Stephan (dr)


RODHA's debut album – Welter Through The Ashes – is one mean lean brooding beast of an album. It snarls right at you from the very start. A pulsating mix of Doom, Sludge, Stoner Metal drenched with hardcore blasts of intense fury. RODHA mean business on their debut album and they don't disappoint for a single second.

Opening track – Tresor – opens up with pissed off guitar riffs before Mo's vocals come screaming in from all corners. This is what RODHA is all about. Heavy slabs of Sludge/Stoner Metal riffs played at a frightening pace with enough menace to scare all of you into submission.

RODHA call their music – Sludgecore – and it's the perfect description to call their music as even though the album has elements of Doom and Stoner Metal it's primarily rooted in heavy blasts of Sludge Metal. The album will take you on an emotional roller-coaster as it has some very powerful tracks that will test your patience and resolve. Trust me when I say that is a good thing for an album like this. Welter Through The Ashes has it's fair share of sublime guitar riffs to worship to. The drumming is another major highlight as Stephan never stops banging the hell out of those drums especially on tracks such as Welter Through The Ashes, Adrenaline and Thousand Headed Goddess.

RODHA have created an album that is one highly dangerous and addictive ride from start to finish. It's hard to pick out an overall stand-out track as they are all equally good as each other. If you want an album that is heavy, loud and brutal from the start then Welter Through The Ashes is the album for you. It can be very depressing at times especially with some of the lyrics as RODHA don't hold back unleashing their true feelings upon to the world. It' an album that comes with a haunting and social conscience attached to it. Don't go expecting an easy listen as that ain't RODHA's style. This is an album to completely lose yourself in. It's a thought provoking tale that will crush you world for 51 minutes or so.

RODHA have created an absolute monster here. Welter Through The Ashes may not change the world of Sludge/Stoner Metal but it has more than enough power for you to bow down at one of the rising stars of the German Sludge/Stoner Metal scene. RODHA are going places. It's best to sit back and enjoy the ride.

Brilliant. End Of.

You want to hear this album for yourself a week before it's released. Well your in luck as RODHA have kindly agreed to let Sludgelord HQ stream this awesome album now. A whole week before it's released on Sept 13th 2014. Only if you're feeling brave enough of course.

Thanks to RODHA for the promo and album stream. Welter Through The Ashes will be available to buy from BandCamp on Sept 13th 2014.

Check the Band from Links Below

Written by Steve Howe