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Album of the Day: The Great Sabatini – Dog Years

Posted on Monday, July 28th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Montreal’s The Great Sabatini are one of the latest additions to the excellent French label Solar Flare Records’ roster, and with label mates ranging from Sofy Major to Pigs, you could probably hazard a guess before hearing them that they’re going to enjoy damaging eardrums. Correct. Hailing from the Great White North, The Great Sabitini deal in hardcore-influenced sludge with a slightly off-kilter sense of humour as evidenced by the demonic muppet yearbook picture that graces the cover of Dog Years, their third album.

This isn’t just another sludge band in the vein of EyeHateGod however – The Great Sabatini are one of those rare bands who throw a bit of personality into their music and that’s what makes Dog Years such an enjoyable and, at times, perplexing listen.


The Great Sabatini - Dog Years

While some sludge and hardcore bands can be a bit too earnest, macabre or even political, you get the sense that The Great Sabatini aren’t taking themselves too seriously, mainly choosing to concern themselves with the tone and sheer heft of their dual baritone guitar, dual vocal assault. Combine this with the rumbling bass and manic drums, opening track ‘The Royal We’ starts off like Floor if they had written a song entirely on the bomb string, before breaking off into a glorious half-time sludge riff.

‘Guest Of Honour’ and ‘Nursing Home’ demonstrates the band’s penchant for breakneck math-punk while ‘Periwinkle War Hammer’ best illustrates Steve Sabatini’s considerable drumming ability, seemingly making the song fall apart whilst simultaneously keeping the band in time with incredible fluidity.

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Album of the Day: Blues Pills – S/T

Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: If you’ve either followed this site, or for some unknown reason followed my mad ramblings, you’ll be well aware of the massive regard I hold for Blues Pills, having previously given glowing reviews for their EPs Devil Man and Live at Rockpalast, both of which […]

Album of the Day: The Order of the Solar Temple – S/T

Posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: There is something about the retro-sounding rock and metal which just grips you and this Vancouver based trio, created by Matt “Macarbe” Emery, The Order of the Solar Temple has it all. The proto-metal styled sounds of the legendary Blue Öyster Cult with healthy doses […]

Album of the Day: Monarch – Sabbracadaver

Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: There are certain sounds and styles of music that can induce nightmares. You experience these sounds that are out of the ordinary, maybe even in conflict with your own psyche, and they can lead to you experiencing terrifying stories in your head while you […]

Album of the Day: Spiral Shades – Hypnosis Sessions

Posted on Monday, July 21st, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: It starts with a singular idea and a willingness to forge ahead against all traditional odds. 2 years and 4000 miles later, Norwegian guitarist Filip Peterson and Mumbai based singer-songwriter Kushal Bhadra deliver what is arguably one of the best straight up 70s doom […]

Album of the Day: Brimstone Coven – S/T

Posted on Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: Here’s another new band for you doing the whole ‘retro hard rock / stoner / doom / occult’ thing, West Virginia’s Brimstone Coven. Their self-titled debut for Metal Blade is actually a combination of their self-released initial offering and an EP, now ready made […]

Album of the Day: Orang-Utan – S/T

Posted on Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Praise for Orang-Utan’s S/T from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Fantastic! One of our all-time obscure proto-metal, heavy psych faves has now been reissued on vinyl. Long, long ago we had a CD version, but that’s long gone and this is definitely a nicer, more definitive reissue, done totally legit (for […]

Album of the Day: Novembers Doom – Bled White

Posted on Friday, July 18th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Chicago death-doom outfit Novembers Doom released their first album in 1995, nearly 20 years ago now. They weren’t the first American death-doom act, and there were others who solidified around the same time, but Novembers Doom were easily among the earliest adopters of a dramatic melancholy most […]

Album of the Day: Ancient Altar – S/T

Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: When Los Angeles, CA doom instrumentalist quartet Iron Mtn ended its 7+ year stint back in June of 2013, loyal fans and followers of bassist / founder Scott Carlson (and his team of sludge assassins) mourned with the hope (and expectation) that his next […]

Album of the Day: Wolvhammer – Clawing Into Black Sun

Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Heavy Metal: Wolvhammer have operated under the mannerisms of black metal, the spirited attitude of punk, and the crushing spectacle of sludge metal. All of these styles blend and twist as a universal entity, neither one being more important than the other. Clawing into Black Sun […]

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