Four whole years after their now sold out debut, Sloath have slovenly and slowly delivered their sophomore effort. Expect slamming riffage, propulsive percussion, flithy mud-spattered rock somewhere betwixt Melvins, Harvey Milk and Bardo Pond. In short a doom rock party -- but doom rock parties never happen in short, now do they?
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It took Brightonians Sloath four years to come up with this record (which has a picture that looks like my back garden on the cover). If you're not already familiar with the band, you can probably already guess from the band's name, as well as the album title that we are dealing here with heavy stoner rock. I think its pretty fair to say that the band are not particularly interested in pushing the envelope of the genre either, but that's not to say they don't have their own sound. On the spectrum of heavy riff worshiping bands these lie in the more trad camp, mixing their Sabbathisms with a boogie blues groove with a sprinkling of some southern fried psychedelia. Rather than just concentrate on the low frequencies they've honed a satisfyingly broad wall of sound; pushing the hi-mid grit of the guitars to create that burnt, crusty texture. The distant echoey vocals remind me a lot of heavey Japanese psychedelic bands like High Rise or Mainliner- and I guess their overall sound is not too far off either of those bands.
Strangely enough for this type of music, the album is quite uplifting in feel; there's a celebratory exuberance and propulsive liveliness to the sound that doesn't leave you feeling like you've been pummelled into the ground. The epic workout that is 'The Toucher' is the closest they get to the kind of dirge sludge pioneered by bands like the Melvins; the track features those tense, eye's rolling to the back of the head riff patterns that evaporate in a mesmerising feedback flourish before breaking down to a more intimate groove. While it's not the most original record you'll ever hear, it's definately enjoyable and will tick all the right boxes for most stoner rock afficionados.
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