Sunday, 8 September 2019

6 NEW BANDS: THE SLUDGELORD's "666 Pack Review" (August 2019)

By: Nikos Mixas
Here’s the August edition of THE SLUDGELORD’s “666 Pack Review”.  What happened to July’s?  Fuck July, it’s in the rearview mirror now.  Yours truly was attending both Brutal Assault and Psycho Las Vegas during August so deal with it.  Most of you probably didn’t even notice anyways.  So, if you’re new to this, each 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 no one cares themed rating scale below: 

1 – No one cares!  At all!!!  
2 – Only your friends will pay attention to this nonsense. 
3 – Only 5 out of 10 listeners will care…
4 – I think you’ll get some of your Bandcamp followers to care. 
5 – I actually care about this, that’s saying a lot for this column. 
666THE SLUDGELORD cares so much that you’re getting a perfect rating.  This is definitely rare and something to be proud of.   

Caveat:  Even though the “666 Pack Review” is meant to offer humorous critique, there are no safe spaces here and your gripes will only make you sound like a bellyacher.  THE SLUDGELORD is a picky listener…and doesn’t care what you think of his opinions….

1). Old Horn Tooth “From The Ghost Grey Depths” (London, U.K.)    Rating: 666!

God-doom fucking-tastic start to the month!

2). Phantom Hymn “A Story of Days to Come” (Portland, OR, U.S.A.)   Rating: 4

Not really Sludgelord-y, but good nonetheless.  

3). Stonekind “EP” (Winston Salem, NC, U.S.A.)    Rating: 4

Desert grooves matched with scorching vocals.

4). MAIRU “The Sacred Dissonance” (Liverpool, U.K.)   Rating: 5

Fine example of instrumental doom working

5). The Lightness of Being “Stay” (single track) (London, U.K.)   Rating: 5

Deftones comparisons aren’t a reach here.  

6). Sleeping Giant “Sleeping Giant” (Bendigo, Australia) Rating: 4

Australian stoners out smoke Christian version…