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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: 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: Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket – In A Dutch Haze

Posted on Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: You never forget your first Roadburn. Ever. The Tilburg-based jewel in the world’s crown of heavy and expansive music festivals is a truly magical environment; one which is built upon a solemn promise of musical joy, artistic freedom and non-prejudicial acceptance which binds like-minded […]

Album of the Day: USA Out Of Vietnam – Crashing Diseases And Incurable Airplanes

Posted on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Aurora Borealis have a good track record when it comes to pushing originality and are clearly not afraid to put out some truly challenging and left of centre releases. From the ultra-raw black metal oddities of Wolfmangler and Dead Ravens Choir to the more […]

Album of the Day: Lecherous Gaze – Zeta Reticuli Blues

Posted on Monday, July 7th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: 100% raw, uncompromising, kick-ass rock and roll!!! Really the above line could quite easily comprise the whole review for this Zeta Reticuli Blues as it pretty much says it all… but being a conscientious writer and knowing you will all want to know a […]

Album of the Day: Lazer/Wulf – The Beast Of Left And Right

Posted on Friday, June 27th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: I don’t know about the rest of you, but I like a good old twiddle. Now, I know this is a site primarily concerned with monolithic, primal riffs the size of tower-blocks and bellowing gentlemen with beards like rhododendron bushes, but we’re taking a […]

Album of the Day: Opium Warlords – Taste My Sword Of Understanding

Posted on Friday, June 20th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: When I read that this was a release featuring a former member of Reverend Bizarre, one of my favourite doom bands ever, I thought I knew what to expect. Rollicking doom anthems mixing with a sardonic wit and riffs the size of icebergs. I […]

Album of the Day: Satan’s Satyrs – Die Screaming

Posted on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Amid the hoards of dusty vinyl junkies going positively batshit over the Blood Lusting arrival of Cambridgeshires mystikult rockers Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats back in 2011, precious few paid a great deal of attention to an equally evil triumvirate as they careered out […]

Album of the Day: King Dude – Fear

Posted on Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: There’s a corner of the music world that doesn’t quite fit anywhere; it’s not mainstream enough to reside in the Top 40 and it isn’t heavy enough to lurk in the murky depths of metal, yet somehow manages to possess more might and more […]

Album of the Day: Crowbar – Symmetry In Black

Posted on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Crowbar are a band that need absolutely no introductions; Symmetry In Black is their tenth studio album – a huge milestone for them and this opus is particularly special, as it’s the first release since Kirk Windstein’s departure from Down and the first time […]

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