Monday, 24 October 2016

ALBUM REVIEW: Order of the Owl - “We Are Here To Collect Our Crown”

By: Hunter Young

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 14/10/2016
Label: Domestic Genocide

“We Are Here To Collect Our Crown” DD//LP Track listing:

1). Brought Below
2). Wolves of True Diamond Hate
3). Hell Rider
4). Wood Valley
5). Resurrection
6). Golden Dawn

The Review:

Fans of doom, stoner, and desert rock, ululate in delight! Order of the Owl have dropped a new slab of metallic glory into our laps, titled “We Are Here to Collect Our Crown”, and it's pretty damn interesting! Mixing doom and stoner genres into what would become dark desert rock/metal, we have so many genres so you can't call me wrong, Order of the Owl freshen up the clone sounds with an album full of groove, fuzz, and acousticness. Sit back and let the purple acid hit as the stars unfold above...

The Atlanta stalwarts like to keep their grooves simple and uncluttered, offering a sound that has been done a couple times but doesn't offend the ear at all. It's close to a traditional doom, but really bleeds a Desert vibe, owing to the feel of the rhythm strumming and vibe (“Brought Below”). And, weirdly enough, there's a dbeat (almost textbook) streak through the track “Hell Ride”, harkening to a wide reservoir of influences that these peeps may have hiding. And to broach the acoustic remark, they threw in “Golden Dawn” to just confuse the hell out of you, but more on that at the end. With styles really ranging many different places, from trad doom to drone, desert rock to crusted punk/dbeat, there's quite a bit to be found in this record.

Now, not all was rose tinted lenses with this album, with the way they kind of jump around with their sound and styles, many fans may have a hard time digesting this one and be turned off by the lack of consistency. There's quite a bit for a listener to like, but it may be a small part or just a single song, and that's perfectly fine. The whole album is a fun trip to many different places, and one worth taking to see the sights; that being said, “Golden Dawn” is my least favourite cut, simply because the song, in my honest opinion, isn't well done., It's not overly pleasing to my ear and doesn't sound well articulated or performed, and just isn't my thing.

All the whole check out Order of the Owl yourself, and see where the journey takes you. You might be surprised what you find.

“We Are Here To Collect Our Crown” is available on vinyl here and digitally here

Band info: bandcamp || facebook

ALBUM REVIEW: Black Tomb - "Black Tomb"

By: Stiq

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 31/10/2016
Label: Graven Earth Records |
Hellas Records

“Black Tomb” CS//DD//LP track listing:

1). Under the Pine
2). Eyes at Midnight
3). Swine
4). Mortuary Rites
5). Draped in Flesh
6). Lust and Saturn
7). Turning Worm
8). Church on the Hill

The Review:

Black Tomb will bring the darkness out of you. Stomping though the muck of an empty soul. A once innocent Doom/Stoner child left rotting in a sludgy old church basement with his warped Electric Wizard records and beaten mercilessly with raw electric power from an old musty amp caked in depravity.
The mind can’t help but get lost in powerful riffs drenched in the fumes of hatred and despair while the fuzz shakes your core and vibrates the cavity causing all vital organs to hit the floor with a splat, while you bang your head against the wall from sheer madness. This is certainly something you’re going to want to listen to very very loud and with little regard to your own mental stability.

Hailing from New England, Black Tomb has brought to the table their debut self titled release just in time for the Halloween season. Now you can keep all the candy for yourself by scaring away all
those pesky trick-or-treaters, while leaving a bad taste in your neighbors mouth.
This album is going to be a staple for your record collection and will be released on double disc vinyl for your listening pleasure soon enough. Until then, feel free to rot what’s left of your already decaying brains by listening to them here

p.s. Drug use is highly recommended while ingesting this noise.

“Black Tomb” is available digitally here and on cassette here

Band info: bandcamp || facebook

FFO: Graves at Sea, Cough, Electric Wizard, Fistula

Sunday, 23 October 2016

ALBUM PREMIERE: Self styled ‘American Weed Rockers’ Wasted Theory return with "Defenders of the Riff"

Delaware/Maryland stoner rock heavyweights Wasted Theory will release their long awaited follow up to 2014’s “Death & Taxes” album on October 30th 2016. The self-proclaimed ‘American Weed Rockers’ have chosen “Defenders of the Riff” as the title to their second full-length effort, recorded over the summer of 2016 at Ken-Del and Clay Creek Recording Studios in Delaware.

“Defenders of the Riff” takes the bands sole brand of sonic assault to the next level and sees them build and develop their unique southern-esque stoner rock flare with more intensity than ever before. That ferocity also caught the attention of Robert Pilson head honcho of No Slip Records, with the band signing up with the label for the vinyl release of the album and is expected to released in April of 2017.

Wasted Theory will embark on a two-week tour of the U.S. in May of 2017 in support of the album including stops in Atlanta, Louisiana, Texas, and Indiana, as well as numerous one-offs throughout the year on the East Coast.  With the world wide release just a week away, today we present Wasted Theory’s stunning album “Defenders of the Riff” in full which you can check out below. It can be pre-ordered here

Band info: bandcamp || facebook

Thursday, 20 October 2016

TRACK PREMIERE: Belgian stoner rockers King Hiss deal a "Killer Hand"

I don’t know about you but when you’re searching for new music, often there are key words you’re looking for, “riffs, sabbath, crushing” come to mind.  Moreover when a band is sold as sounding like this or that band, much like today’s featured band King Hiss, who were recommended for fans of Corrosion of Conformity, Clutch, Alice In Chains & Down, immediately your interests piques.

King Hiss have a mission “to write earth shaking songs with attitude and a desire to conquer the world” and since their formation in 2011 and with two solid releases under their belts which were met with overwhelming positive reviews, these Belgian stoner rockers hope to make quite stir and make their dream a reality with the release of their sophomore long-player titled “Mastosaurus”, a concept album portraying the epic adventures of a doomed antihero.

Recorded at Oceanside Studio by producer/drummer Ace Zec (Death Before Disco, Customs & Nailpin), mixed in Austin (USA) by Machine (Clutch, Crobot, Fall Out Boy, Lamb Of God) and mastered by Paul Logus (Anthrax, Clutch, Steel Panther), “Mastosaurus” is schedule for release on October 31st. Today you can judge for yourselves whether those tags are appropriate, as we stream a brilliant new track entitled “Killer Hand” which you can stream below

Band info: facebook || bandcamp

Wednesday, 19 October 2016


By: Nikos Mixas

Welcome to The Sludgelord’s initial installment of the 666 Pack Review!  Each and every month we handpick 6 review submissions and critique them by only using 6 words, and then we rate them on a scale from 1 to 666! 

See our rating scale below: 

1 - WTF are you doing???  Go get your money back from Guitar Center!
2 - You might be tone deaf.  Or perhaps your friends are lying to you?  Keep working at it. 
3 - There’s some potential...start listening to and watching Manowar to see how the metals is done. 
4 - Not too shabby!  Upgrade your amps from Crate to Orange now!!!
5 - I was tapping my foot and/or bobbing my head.  You’re definitely worthy enough to pack dive bars.
666! - The Sludgelord brands you with his pentagram of approval!!!  Hails!!!

Check out our first victims for the month of October.  Even if a band gets a low score, we strongly encourage you to check them out anyways because you might actually dig them!  The Sludgelord is a picky listener…

BrainscannerTrilobita” – (Sao Paulo, Brazil)    Rating: 2

 “Music is ok, vocals are awful.” 

Band info: bandcamp

Crimson Tusk (EP) – (Oxford, UK)     Rating: 3

“Boogie with Danzig all liquored up.”

Band info: facebook || bandcamp

Se7en Miles WestForever Decade” – (Plattsburgh, NY) Rating: 2

“This is not stoner nor doom…”

Band info: bandcamp || facebook

Grogus - “Intuitive Readers and Metaphysical Artisans” – (Minneapolis, MN)   Rating: 5

“For fans of early Mastodon.  Sick!”

Band info: bandcamp || facebook

Black Bone Exorcism Crack the Bone, Break the Heart” – (Seattle, WA)    Rating: 666

“Well written, groovy sludge.  Nice job!”

Band info: facebook

Troll – (Portland, OR)     Rating: 5

“Haunting, long jams with doomy overtones.” 

Band info: bandcamp || facebook

TRACK PREMIERE: Seattle's A Province of Thay return darker, more intense, and harder­-hitting with "Thaymount"

Seattle's critically acclaimed A Province of Thay are back and set to release their latest release “Atonement” via Carrion Choir on October 28th 2016.  For those people new to the band, they play a unique blend of post-­metal that balances aggression with ambience, coupled with melody and pure sonic muscle. With musical backgrounds ranging from hardcore, doom metal, indie rock, and electronic music, the band has created an inimitable blend of darkness and light.

The band's debut album “The Grieving” was self­-released in 2013, comprised of 5 songs that juxtapose melodic vocals and narrative lyrics with intricate extended song structures. In fact, the album was lauded upon on these very pages, referring to it as a “truly magical and mysterious album you won't forget in a long time.”

Atonement” which will be released on October 28 2016 finds the group honing their style: They have expanded the atmospheric elements that help them stand apart from their more metal­-influenced peers, without  weakening the heavy backbone of their compositions. If anything, “Atonement” is darker, more intense, and harder­-hitting than its predecessor and today you can check out a brand new track entitled “Thaymount” below

Band info: bandcamp || facebook

ALBUM REVIEW: Zaum - "Eidolon"

By: Charlie Butler

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 24/10/2016
Label: I Hate Records

“What makes Zaum’s music so intoxicating is the sheer density of their sound. Layers of synths, sitars, flutes and who knows what else, build up to create a foundation of all-encompassing drone for the bands epic compositions.  Prepare to be transported to a higher realm.”


“Eidolon” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1). Influence of the Magi
2). The Enlightenment

The Review:

Eidolon” is a term from ancient Greek literature that refers to a spirit-image of a living or dead person. It is an appropriate title for Zaum’s new album given the ageless, haunted soundscapes contained within.

Few bands can touch the New Brunswick doom duo in terms of sheer hypnotic atmosphere. “Eidolon” sees them raise their game once more with two 20 minute behemoths, “Influence of the Magi” and “The Enlightenment” that build on their impressive previous releases. Imagine the relentless riff onslaught of Om circa “Conference of the Birds” combined with the wider sonic palette of their later work and blown up to symphonic scale. This will give you a good impression of Zaum’s mind-expanding, heavy grandeur.

What makes Zaum’s music so intoxicating is the sheer density of their sound. Layers of synths, sitars, flutes and who knows what else, build up to create a foundation of all-encompassing drone for the bands epic compositions. Chris Lewis’ drumming provides a solid backbone for these mammoth voyages into the beyond but Kyle McDonald’s bass is the key ingredient to Zaum’s success. From spacious, ghostly chords to crushing distorted riffs, he utilises an arsenal of effects to give the impression of the band being a mighty legion rather than a mere duo. There is a wide spectrum of vocals on display here too, switching from spectral chants to throaty roars and everything in between to meet the demands of these complex journeys.

Eidolon” is another transcendent release from Zaum that sees them go further down their singular path into the heavy unknown. Prepare to be transported to a higher realm.

“Eidolon” is available here

Band info: bandcamp || facebook

FFO: Om, Bong, Sleep, Earth