Microdose: Ploughshare – Tellurian Insurgency (Sludge/Black)

Written by Carcassbomb

  • Ploughshare
  • Tellurian Insurgency
  • Black/Death/Sludge
  • Canberra, Australia
  • November 29, 2019

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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.

If you feel like you’ve heard it all in black and death metal this year then give it a go because it should offer a subversive experience full of noise and chaos that works out in the end. It’s not a mess by any means, it’s harsh and directed like a weapon at mediocrity. It’s a different take that’s for sure, one that’s perhaps more common to those familiar with Australian metal and it’s sludge inclinations. Bands like Carcinoid and Snorlax. We like it filthy.

I like this artwork, it’s quite harrowing and speaks to me of internal demons or inescapable tormentors. It gives you a similar unease to the music though with the same level of ability and clarity that makes this EP listenable. I’m also a huge fan of this bands duel vocal style, particularly the high vocals, they add a lot to the sound.

Overall I’m pleased with this EP. It continues on from their 2018 LP In Offal, Salvation nicely (What a glorious sold out tape it is) and I can’t fault them for releasing a short EP when their last LP was so soon, I’m just glad to get more quality music out of this country.


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