Sludge

Artist: 
Mastodon
Label: 
Reprise Records

Emperor of Sand is a flurry of great guitar riffs and beautiful drumming. The first two songs and more pop sounding and would work well for a standard radio station. The vocals are more high pitched with clean, simple instrumental accompaniment behind it. As the album progresses though, it gets darker, sludgier, and heavier. This album has something for every kind of metal fan. It feels great to have new Mastodon music, and this album doesn't disappoint. All of the songs are FCC clean and there really isn't a bad song on this album.

Sounds Like: 
Cult of Luna
Sounds Like: 
Neurosis
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
05/23/2017
Artist: 
Whores
Label: 
eOne

Hardcore instrumentation with noisier aspects that sounds like a drive through the desert filled with cactus spines stuck in your hands. Great instrumentation with vocals that paired to create an ongoing explosive tone that didn’t get stuck in a loop of trite structures.

Sounds Like: 
Kowloon Walled City
Name: 
Nathan Gosnell
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
Artist: 
The White Swan
Label: 
self-released

The drummer from Kittie Mercedes Lander created a new doom/sludge group called "The White Swan" and they just self-released an EP - Anubis EP. Contrary to most doom metal all the tracks are about 3 minutes long. But this music and vocals are perfect and really what you're looking for in a doom album. I described the song Illuminate when first hearing it as "ethereal doom" so that should give you a good idea of what the album sounds like. Heavy hitting drums with a complimentary bass and guitar makes this album just amazing.

Sounds Like: 
a much doomier and slower Kittie
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2016
Artist: 
Crowbar
Label: 
Steamhammer

This was pretty bland, nothing very intriguing on either song. Yet one was far better than the other, with Falling While Rising taking the lead. On both songs, there is seemingly boring structures and lackluster sounds, although the aforementioned track blends the vocals much better and creates a heavier environment.

Sounds Like: 
Eyehategod
Sounds Like: 
Down
Name: 
Nathan Gosnell
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2016
Artist: 
Red Fang
Label: 
Relapse Records

Red Fang has come out with their fourth album with the help of the producer for a lot of Korn and Slipknot songs/albums. With that in mind you would think that this album would be a lot better. It mixes heavy metal - almost deathcore - with stoner metal and its honestly kind of confusing. When you sit and listen to the album, it feels too long. For me, I want an album either leaving me satisfied or wanting more. By track 8 (out of 10) I was ready to take this out of my CD player. I guess where my issue comes in is that this album doesn't feel original, authentic, or really creative.

Sounds Like: 
Black Tusk
Sounds Like: 
a less doom version of Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
10/24/2016
Artist: 
Church of Misery
Label: 
Rise Above Records

Church of Misery really went for 2 things on the record: 1. Envelope-pushing doom metal (I'd still argue it's a little more hard rocky though; more like Black Sabbath than Bongripper). 2. Shock factor lyrics and album premise. It appears they genearlly focus on serial killers, and looking at lyrics for this album, they usually aim for first person narrative from the killer's point of view. The song Make Them Die Slowly is all about slowly gutting victims and disposing of bodies via sulphuric acid.

Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Sounds Like: 
Bongripper (slightly)
Name: 
Timothy Ebinger
Date Reviewed: 
03/27/2016
Artist: 
The Body & Full of Hell
Label: 
Neurot

The collaborative LP of (relative) youngsters Full of Hell along with the ever-creative duo The Body has been a fantastic mashup of styles. If you have ever listened to the bands, you know that The Body is typically slower-paced, generally more in the doom metal region (and sometimes blackish metal). Full of Hell is generally noise-ridden grindcore, they even did a different collaborative LP with Merzbow a few years back.

Sounds Like: 
Destroyer Destroyer
Sounds Like: 
Merzbow
Sounds Like: 
The Haxan Cloak
Name: 
Timothy Ebinger
Date Reviewed: 
03/23/2016
Artist: 
Torche
Label: 
Relapse Records

Pretty loud and not as angry as you might expect. Makes me wish I had better speakers on my laptop. I feel like this is the kind of album that just needs to be played as loud as possible. Overall, it was pretty good. Nice mix of long and short songs. Lyrics are a bit muffled by all the guitar, but not in a necessarily bad way? It just seems like the music is much more the focus rather than the words. It's not their first album, and you can tell they've got some experience because it sounds really well put-together and everything flows nicely from one track to the next.

Sounds Like: 
Queens of the Stone Age
Sounds Like: 
Electric Wizard
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
03/24/2015
Artist: 
Conan
Label: 
Napalm Records
Sounds Like: 
Sleep
Sounds Like: 
Mares of Thrace
Name: 
Daniel Witter
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2014
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