2020 Albums

Album Review: Beggar – Compelled To Repeat 7.2 (Sludge Metal)

This record is interesting to say the least. Beggar have made a record that dips its toes into a lot of different genres while never really submerging in one. Despite being a mixed bag, the record does work quite a bit better than I thought it might. My first few listens through, I found it a little jarring to be jumping all over the place sound-wise but I do appreciate more and more what was trying to be done. The band have created a sound that is sludgy and doom-laden while keeping a nice edge to give the record its unique atmosphere. Not everything works flawlessly but the band made a lot of bold choices and I commend them for that. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Body Void/Keeper Split 9 (Death Sludge)

I always enjoy a good split. There’s so much you can do with them, whether it’s two completely different bands, a consistent theme or some esoteric experiment. My expectations take a back seat with these kinds of releases and the ride I’ve received on this Body Void/Keeper split is something else. The surprise is the best you can hope for with a split. If you loved the earlier work of either of these bands then the vinyl and tape releases are a no brainer, you don’t even need a preview. It’s raw and sincere sonic mayhem. […]

2019 Albums

Album Review: Carcinoid – Metastatic Declination 7.8 (Death Metal)

Carcinoid are a fun band to me, there’s something inherently goofy about it without it actually being a joke. This is raw af sludgeoned black death doom metal that will do things you haven’t really heard before, like absurdly clean bass tones and unexpected lofi melody. It’s not very accessible though, perhaps only existing for the sake of the most nihilistic and misanthropic metalheads around. There’s just so much sludge and generally ominous shit, this isn’t supposed to be accessible or palatable. It will be a sure hit for those like myself who enjoy super abrasive death doom, which is a lot of the metal cassette community. […]

2019 Albums

Microdose: Ploughshare – Tellurian Insurgency (Sludge/Black)

Well that was unsettling. Ploughshare play a fucked kind of black/death/sludge metal that will make you feel physically unsafe even in the comfort of your own home. Tellurian Insurgency is their brand new EP through Aussie label Brilliant Emperor and it releases on the 29th of November. Not an album for the easily scared, if this is you, then turn your radio back on and continue listening to Kyle and Jackie-O, you clicked the wrong social media link. Happens to the best of us. […]

2019 Albums

Album Review: Geist – Swarming Season 8.6 (Sludge/Hardcore)

Geist are another sludgy treat hailing from the UK – the birthplace of doom. Their 5th release Swarming Season releases on the 20th September, 2019 but found its way to my inbox early, so thanks! You can pre-order it here. This is bone crushing finger pointing noisey disgusting fucking sludge metallic hardcore. A style that often pairs unique presentation and song-writing while also facilitating the harshest of mosh pits. Whether you like hardcore or metal or even mathcore, it doesn’t matter here because you’ll recognise the primal beats innately, or maybe you’ll feel nothing and you’re a poser. Jk. […]

2019 Albums

Album Review: Body Void – You Will Know The Fear You Forced Upon Us 8.2 (Sludge)

This band does not fuck around. This EP immediately starts off with a shitblast to the face in the first millisecond. If I had to describe Body Void in one word it would: Harsh. This is some of the darkest shit to come out this year and it never lets up throughout the record. It often sounds like someone being beaten on the ground by a group of people wearing dirty jackets. Considering their lyrics, it essentially is that. […]