Posts Tagged ‘sludge’

Album of the Day: Coltsblood – Into The Unfathomable Abyss

Posted on Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: With song titles like ‘Grievous Molestation’, ‘Abyss Of Aching Insanity’ and ‘Valhalla Awaits’ you assume correctly that you’re in for a brutal and heavy ride with Coltsblood‘s debut full-length release entitled Into The Unfathomable Abyss. Buckle up brother, this album is an hour long smash to senses that will leave you bruised and broken.

It never ceases to amaze me how much sound and atmosphere three musicians can generate. The sound the Coltsblood‘s trio makes is a punishing, methodical cacophony of grim sludgy tones that fall like the ominous cries of ancient armies going into battle. You’ll need a PowerBar after listening to Into The Unfathomable Abyss, it leaves you fully spent from the enormous crushing weight of their music.

Coltsblood – Into The Unfathomable Abyss

The album starts with ‘Valhalla Awaits’. Valhalla. Warriors. War. These are themes and concepts the album continually evokes. Appropriately the song begins with the violent thunder of marching drums stomping loudly above the churning rumble of deep droning guitar. The atmosphere is grim and summons the image of armies marching across a bloodied battlefield ‘beneath black skies’.

If ‘Valhalla Awaits’ is the march into battle, then ‘Beneath Black Skies’ is the battle itself. The close to 15m track begins with thick distorted crushing chugs, the pace is slow and foreboding, the scene shattered by the distant anguished growl from bassist John. His words are consumed by the savage wall of aggressive grueling sound.

The mournful cry of Jem‘s guitar occasionally peeks through the din but the dark rumble is always present. The repeated crashing symbols sound like swords off shields, the pace churns and attacks likes waves of marauding invaders. Hopeless and bleak, the murky sounds of ‘Beneath Black Skies’ ends without a hint of hope as the unrelenting musical attack offers no respite.

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Bay Area’s Noothgrush To Rumble The Foundations of Roadburn Festival 2014

Posted on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Utilizing Iommi guitar tone, huge drums awash in wide open cymbals, and sludge / hardcore vokills with heavy political / social lyrical content, Noothgrush are the crushing essence of modern doom, the Bay Area’s answer to Corrupted and early Boris. They are masters of dynamics, not afraid to get quiet […]

-(16)- To Bring Jagged Blocks of Buzzing Sludge To Roadburn Festival 2014

Posted on Friday, September 27th, 2013

Over the last two decades, Califorian veterans -(16)- have been pioneering heavy-as-hell, ill tempered sludge metal, alongside fellow luminaries Buzzov*en, Eyehategod and Crowbar (among others). Despite all the anguish, pain and countless lineup changes that 20 years brought, -(16)- remained a dependable source of gutsy, misery infested, torturous sludge, captured […]

Album of the Day: Eibon – II

Posted on Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: Eibon’s last album Entering Darkness really lived up to its name. The French band delivered a stark, sludgy, doom-etched morass of war hewn grimness that was monochromatic right down to its chilling artwork. The first thing I noticed about the follow up was just how […]

Album of the Day: Jucifer – The Russian Album

Posted on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Last Rites: “I am Russian. I am soldier. I am ready.” This, the final line of ‘First Narration’, which opens the new album from Athens road warriors Jucifer, sets the stage for what is on the way: sonic warfare. Some eardrums won’t survive. Those that do simply […]

Album of the day: Regarde Les Hommes Tomber – Regarde Les Hommes Tomber

Posted on Monday, June 17th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Infernal Masquerade Webzine: Rounding up our promo package from LADLO productions, today we have another exciting new outfit from France under the moniker Regarde Les Hommes Tomber. With their self-titled debut release, this band manages to blend elements of Neurosis and Amenra and create a very tight […]

Album of the day: Cult Of Occult – S/T

Posted on Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Writing a title-track to depict a record’s chosen concept, emotion, atmosphere or ideology can often be no simple task. Writing a band-title-track, however, must be an even more well-considered process in order to come up with that perfectly self-defining sound that will inevitably become […]

Album of the day: Eagle Twin – The Feather Tipped The Serpent’s Scale

Posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Metal Review: Something I find very appealing about Utah’s Eagle Twin is the fact that there’s not another band currently kicking around that sounds quite like them. I’ve seen them lumped alongside a handful of other droning sludgers, which I suppose is fair, but this duo truly […]

Album of the day: Samothrace – Reverence to Stone

Posted on Friday, July 20th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Blistering.com: The staying power of Samothrace’s 2008 album Life’s Trade should not be understated. Melodic sludge at its bare minimum best, Life’s Trade was everything the style is and isn’t at the same time, meaning, that instead of being driven down in an avalanche of messy distortion, […]

Album of the day: Coffinworm – Great Bringer Of Night (LP)

Posted on Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Praise for Coffinworm‘‘s Great Bringer Of Night from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Great Bringer Of Night was the 2009 demo from these Midwestern blackened doomlords, and has now been remastered by James Plotkin, had a couple extra tracks tacked on (alternate versions of tracks from their Profound Lore release), and […]

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