Sludge

Artist: 
Red Sun Rising
Label: 
Caroline Distribution

Red Sun Rising's new album Thread is a playful, energetic play on the modern alternative rock that is being played. The whole album plays with upbeat on beat measures and mixes them with off tempo, minor key choruses. This whole album screamed "Summer of My Senior Year" or some other sappy teeny bopper movie. This album feels fun and carefree in the most mature way possible. The vocalist, Mike Protich, brings energy and enthusiasm that would lacking without his vocals. My favorite thing about this album is that it is catchy like pop but sincere, unlike most pop.

Sounds Like: 
Nothing More
Sounds Like: 
Highly Suspect
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/15/2018
Artist: 
Black Label Society
Label: 
eOne Music

Black Label Society has released another album, although this time it is simply a greatest hits album. With all the classics, this album is great for any nostalgic stoner metalhead. Sounding very similarly to Corrosion of Conformity or Black Sabbath, the guitars lead the way on most tracks. The vocals of Zakk Wylde are soothing and friendly to any metal ears, so this album was just a really nice addition to Black Label Society. If you've heard any Black Label Society album, then you've heard a song or two on here.

Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2018
Artist: 
Black Label Society
Label: 
eOne Music

Black Label Society has released another album, although this time it is simply a greatest hits album. With all the classics, this album is great for any nostalgic stoner metalhead. Sounding very similarly to Corrosion of Conformity or Black Sabbath, the guitars lead the way on most tracks. The vocals of Zakk Wylde are soothing and friendly to any metal ears, so this album was just a really nice addition to Black Label Society. If you've heard any Black Label Society album, then you've heard a song or two on here.

Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2018
Artist: 
Corrosion of Conformity
Label: 
Nuclear Blast Records

Corrosion of Conformity's newest release "No Cross No Crown" is a very sludgy, stoner rock album. I wouldn't call this album metal in particular but it is too heavy to be alternative. The intro track Novus Deus is very ambient and beautiful and sets the tone nicely for the rest of the album. Lead singer, Mike Dean, has a very heavy voice but uses a microphone similar to a lot of doom artists, making his voice sound very distant and sludgy. The guitars attempt to have a Black Sabbath sound but overall it is really just Corrosion of Conformity.

Sounds Like: 
Black Label Society
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2018
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
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