Sunday 21 January 2018

6 NEW BANDS: THE SLUDGELORD’S 666 Pack Review (January 2018)

By: Nikos Mixas
Art: Joshua M. Wilkinson

THE SLUDGELORD’S 666 Pack Review has returned anew for 2018! That means there will be bands that will receive an extra bit of notoriety they deserve and there will be other bands that we’ll call it as we hear it, such as encouraging the band to sell off their gear and find another hobby.  Each and every month we handpick 6 review submissions and critique them by only using 6 words, then we rate them on a scale from 1 to 666!  Check out our awesome rating scale below: 

1 – Shitty way to start the New Year…make the resolution to get better at your craft…
2 – Stay in bed and snuggle with a kitty or…listen to this?  We chose kitty snuggling.
3 – On a scale of Five Finger Death Punch to Neurosis, you’re a Weedeater
4 – Continue to listen to more of this band or shovel shitty snow?  The snow can wait and where’s the        whiskey?     
5 – You’re so goddamn hot, you’re thawing out Norway’s black metal scene.
666THE SLUDGELORD very much approves and will brand the band’s logo on his ass.  Just kidding….THE SLUDGELORD isn’t stupid..

It’s the start of a new year and there is plenty of optimism abound for bands submitting their efforts to THE SLUDGELORD.  However, the 666 Pack Review is meant to offer humorous critique and is not meant to hurt feelings, in saying that, there are no safe spaces here.  THE SLUDGELORD is a picky listener…and doesn’t care what you think of his opinions….

1). Voidian ,“…And Darkness was Upon the face of the Deep” (EP) (Flanders, Belgium)    Rating: 3

THE SLUDGELORD doesn’t like long songs.

2). Lord Mountain/Mesmer, “Split EP” (Santa Rosa, USA) - Rating: 5

Some Cirith Ungol worship, fuck yeah!

3). I, Immortal, “Demo” (California, USA) - Rating: 3

Bay Area Thrash meets something “core”.

4). Giant, “Tremors EP” (Copenhagen, Denmark) - Rating: 3

Copenhagen's very own High on Fire

5). Slôdder, “Slôdder” (Varmland County, Sweden) - Rating: 2

It was good, then vocals happened…

6). Hound the Wolves, “Camera Obscura” (Portland, USA)   Rating: 2

Not in the mood for moodiness.