She Beast – Felch
Australia’s She Beast bring the grimy sludge in abundance on their newest EP, Felch. This new effort, which follows their 2015 Lactating EP and is their fifth release total, features four mammoth-sized tunes comprised of gritty tones and slow-burning riffs. The release kicks off with the dismal “The House That Bled”. The track issues lumbering, corrosive guitars and clanking bass lines that steadily pummel the listener with monolithic chords, filthy grooves and noisy, atonal leads. The track is like a beautifully ugly marriage between Buzzoven and Unsane‘s slower, nastier material. The track “Pterodactyl Slut” trades in the band’s penchant for sprawling doom and gloom for rough, southern-fried sludge that is propelled by hardcore punk rhythms. The bulk of the EP is made up of its two longer tunes, “Felch Queen” and “Nosferatu”. These grumbling pieces, both of which are over seven minutes in length, see the band riding out huge, destructive riffs. These tracks, while undeniably heavy, are the weakest links on the record. These tracks churn out highly repetitive riffs that do not lead to anything significant and can drag quite a bit after a while. Felch, while a decent sludge metal release, isn’t as sonically satisfying as the acidic Lactating EP. It’s not game-changing by any means, but this stripped-down record is sure to satisfy hardcore fans of sludge.
Release Date: July 17, 2016
Favorite Track: “The House That Bled”
For Fans Of: Buzzoven, Fistula and Eyehategod
Native Copper – Power Animals Trilogy
Canadian musician JF Noël’s Native Copper project crafts imaginative, meditative soundscapes splashed with elements on its newest release, the Power Animals Trilogy EP. The short but sweet recording, which comes a mere month after the Majoris EP, features three multifaceted tracks that fluctuate between stripped-down drone doom and otherworldly atmospheres. “Power Animals I” starts things off with some melodic, interstellar guitar riffs interwoven with shimmering harmonics and tremolo-picked leads. After about 74 seconds of this space rock dirge, the track explodes into a lengthy procession of sludgy, fuzzy doom metal that calls early Earth material to mind. “Power Animals II” follows next with an ethereal section of somber post-rock that is awash with glitchy electronic soundscapes, which eventually bleeds into an incendiary, hammering sludge assault. The downside to this track is that the drums overpower the heavier guitars in the mix, when the guitars could have used a bit more of a presence. “Power Animals III” closes out the EP with a myriad of hovering, spectral atmospheres that are spiced up with flanger-laden guitars and quirky electronic sounds. While it is not perfect, Native Copper is a rather interesting and engaging project.The project sounds very fluid and unbound by genre limitations, which means that Noël could take Native Copper in surprising directions. If Power Animals Trilogy is any indication, then Native Copper is an act to watch.
Release Date: June 22, 2016
Favorite Track: “Power Animals I”
For Fans Of: Earth, Zombi and Jesu