Valve: Demo

This is one of the better demos any band has sent my way. Valve mashes sludge and post-hardcore together to great effect. I like sludge, but I can’t sit through a full sludge album or sludge set without being blazed out of my mind. Valve tempers the creepy slow crawl of sludge with odd chords and guitar tones. Throughout the demo Valve manage to temper metal chugging with prog-rock guitar runs and well-timed break downs. Their singer utilizes a very raspy tone that fits the tunes well and doesn’t overpower the music. He also has a pleasant clean singing voice that fits the less heavy sections beautifully.  Its a sweet Demo by an interesting up and coming band.


Crom – Hot Sumerian Nights

Crom Hot Sumerian Nights:

If Manowar ever played Power violence fused with sludge and added Connan samples, then this would be the album they would write.

Rating: 13/15 oiled, muscular dudes

Old Man Gloom-Christmas

Old Man Gloom Christmas:

Old Man Gloom continue their trend of making droney metal-core, except this time around they add droney accordion-core to the mix.

Rating: 12/15 down tuned sludge epics

Old Man Gloom – Seminar II: The Holy Rites of Primitivism Regression

Old Man Gloom Seminar II: The Holy Rites of Primitivism Regression:

So heavy, loud, and crushing that it causes thunderstorms when listened to.

Rating: 14/15 cyclopes made of pure feedback