Sludge

Blood Eagle

Artist: 
Conan
Label: 
Napalm Records
Sounds Like: 
Sleep
Sounds Like: 
Mares of Thrace
Name: 
Daniel Witter
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2014

4: Into Unknown

Artist: 
Human Eye
Label: 
Goner Records

The latest effort from Detroit punks Human Eye is all over the place in the best way possible. Into Unknown delves into almost every genre of rock and roll possible, but all in a very cohesive way that works extremely well. It’s sludgy like Vol. 4 Sabbath or My War-era Black Flag, it’s glam like Bolan, Bowie and the New York Dolls, punk like The Stooges, psychedelic like Amon Duul, and very classic rock influenced by the likes of Thin Lizzy and Neil Young, all while retaining that very modern garage rock sound.

Sounds Like: 
The Stooges
Sounds Like: 
New York Dolls
Sounds Like: 
The Make-Up
Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Name: 
Brett Botting
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2013

Pelagial

Artist: 
The Ocean
Label: 
Metal Blade Records

Imagine a mix of Pelican, Tool, and Baroness. Now make all of those bands a few times better and proggier, and you have this album. It's fantastic stuff. I couldn't understand most of the lyrics, but I still picked up on the overt concept. The album is divided into the layers of the ocean, starting with Epipelagic (ocean surface) and ending with Benthic (ocean floor). As the album progresses (as we descend further into the ocean), the songs start getting heavier and doomier.

Sounds Like: 
Pelican
Sounds Like: 
Isis
Name: 
Alex Block
Date Reviewed: 
04/22/2013

Vertikal

Artist: 
Cult of Luna
Label: 
Indie Recordings

This is one of the most interesting albums I've heard in a while. This album is adventurous without melodic complexity, progressive without pretentiousness. One minute it's a heavy assault on the eardrums, and the next it's a heavy, creepy silence. The change in dynamics keeps you excited throughout the entire listen. I recommend listening to it at night when you're all alone and just letting your imagination take control.

Sounds Like: 
Isis
Sounds Like: 
Neurosis
Sounds Like: 
Pelican
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2013

Leichenhaus

Artist: 
Bereft
Label: 
The End Records

 

Sounds Like: 
Crowbar, Burning Witch, Eyehategod
Name: 
Jonathan Cohen
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2012

The Doom [Single]

Artist: 
Corrosion of Comformity
Label: 
Candlelight Records

 

Sounds Like: 
...uh...it's a single...
Name: 
Jonathan Cohen
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2012

Southern Gentleman

Artist: 
Confused Little Girl
Label: 
Rotten Records

 

Sounds Like: 
Goatsnake, Nashville Pussy, Hell Yeah, Kyuss
Name: 
Jonathan Cohen
Date Reviewed: 
11/07/2011

Spiral Shadows

Artist: 
Kylesa
Label: 
Season of Mist

Behind The Blackest Tears

Artist: 
Kingdom of Sorrow
Label: 
Relapse Records

This is Kingdom of Sorrow's album "Behind The Blackest Tears." This album has a slow heavy feel to it. It gives off a heavy and think sound to it. It does have a few songs that pick up the pace, but most of them have a slow pace to it. The vocals have a heavy growl, really grunge and raunchy sound sound to them. The album is pretty decent but it does get a little tiring because it seems to repeat its self a lot. Most of the songs have a similar sound and feel to them. The album isn't bad but also there isn't too much that catches my attention, it seems a little plain.  

Sounds Like: 
Hatebreed
Sounds Like: 
Crowbar
Name: 
Anthony Dominguez
Date Reviewed: 
11/09/2010

Red Album

Artist: 
Baroness
Label: 
Relapse

Labeled as sludge/thrash/melodic death metal on their Metal-Archives page, only to see the band label themselves as rock/indie/metal on their Myspace, you begin to wonder where these guys exactly belong when you hear their stuff. Hailing from Georgia, you can definitely pick up on the southern rock, but their music as a whole is far from. These guys play a style that sounds as if Thrash, doom, and a hint of death metal all kind of collided together, creating one fantastic new hybrid. The vocals take on a raspy, deep tone, the kind you'd expect to lead a heavy metal band.

Sounds Like: 
Mastodon
Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Name: 
Michael Lampert
Date Reviewed: 
09/11/2007
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