Articles tagged sludge metal

5 Apr 2017 // 11:34 AM

Mastodon - “Show Yourself” (Singles Going Steady)

Mastodon may not be reinventing the wheel here, but they take one on a fun trip nonetheless.

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24 Mar 2017 // 8:24 AM

Mastodon: Emperor of Sand

Emperor of Sand is by no means a bad album, but there's little here that the band hasn't already explored.

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Unearthly Trance: Stalking the Ghost

One of the best and heaviest bands to come out of NYC in the past several decades returns with a vengeance to stake their claim.

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Okkultokrati: Raspberry Dawn

Oslo-based unit takes us down to the dungeon where the jams are dank and the torture is pretty.

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10 Oct 2016 // 11:48 AM

O’Brother - “Silence” (Portishead cover) (premiere)

O'Brother shares new Portishead cover track ahead of heading out on tour with the Dillinger Escape Plan.

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Mouth of the Architect - “Fever Dream” (premiere) + Interview

Hear "Fever Dream" from the upcoming Mouth of the Architect LP, Path of Eight, releasing October 7, as the band takes us through the album in this exclusive interview.

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2 Sep 2016 // 2:19 AM

Helms Alee: Stillicide

Stillicide manages to achieve what Helms Alee's previous records could not: atmosphere.

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SubRosa: For This We Fought the Battle of Ages

SubRosa's sound hasn't changed much on For This We Fought the Battle of Ages, but that doesn't mean it isn't getting stronger.

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29 Jun 2016 // 2:15 AM

Sumac: What One Becomes

What One Becomes finds great musicians doing occasionally great passages during experimentally structured 10-minute songs with death growls that sound like belches; in other words, Sumac is a mixed bag.

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The Melvins: Basses Loaded

With nutty titles, booming guitars, and an ex-Nirvana member playing the accordion, Basses Loaded is just business as usual for the Melvins, who continue to deliver.

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Mike and the Melvins: Three Men and a Baby

20th century sludge metal finally emerges from a decades-long morass. Was it worth it? Don’t believe the hype.

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Graves at Sea: The Curse That Is

Graves at Sea have been around for over a decade and sound like they have spent most of it surviving a prolonged bar fight with the actual sea in their band name.

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28 Mar 2016 // 3:04 PM

Sumac - “Rigid Man” (Singles Going Steady)

Contrary to its title, "Rigid Man" is a flaccid letdown of a metal song, with a lot of wasted potential to boot.

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22 Mar 2016 // 1:30 PM

The Body - “Two Snakes” (Singles Going Steady)

Terrifying, brutal, crushing, squalls of dark sound come howling at you, tearing down walls and most semblances of sanity as the simple electro pads do their best to try and keep some semblance of sanity.

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The Body: No One Deserves Happiness

No One Deserves Happiness, is the Body's attempt to make "the grossest pop album of all time". Well, they've certainly shown another bend in their malleable sound.

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18 Mar 2016 // 2:30 AM

Boris with Merzbow: Gensho

Pushing the virtue of patience to full capacity, Boris and Merzbow combine their demented artistry to be listened to both separately and simultaneously.

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18 Feb 2016 // 3:10 AM

Black Tusk: Pillars of Ash

Following the loss of longtime bassist/compadre Jonathan Athon, Black Tusk come roaring back with the final contribution by their fallen bandmate.

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10 Feb 2016 // 3:10 AM

Bloodiest: Bloodiest

Relapse Records and Chicago underdogs team up for a bloody good noise/art rock mélange.

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3 Nov 2015 // 2:15 AM

Blacklisters: Adult

Blacklisters are strong when their brand of noise rock resembles sludge metal. They aren't nearly so good when they do hardcore.

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29 Oct 2015 // 2:05 AM

Kylesa: Exhausting Fire

With Laura Pleasants and two live drummers, intentional or not, Kylesa truly have their unique selling point established.

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