Despite the cover’s obvious homage to Pink Floyd‘s Wish You Were Here, there is no prog to be found on Colombian Necktie‘s newest unbridled sludgefest, All Paths Lead to Nowhere. While the band’s 2014 debut Twilight Upon Us showed a venomous marriage between metallic hardcore and foreboding sludge, All Paths Lead to Nowhere sees the band almost completely indulging in their sludge and stoner influences. The result is a gritty, no frills record that will inspire listeners everywhere to engage in neck-snapping headbanging, and to roll one up.
The album’s opening track “Burn the Bridge” sets the stage for what’s to come and showcases the band’s newfound affinity for hazy-eyed riffage. Galloping riffs and barreling percussion rush out of the gate and build into massive stoner grooves and fuzzy solos as the track progresses. The sludgy goodness continues in the lurching “Silly Kid”, which unleashes a stomping Sleep-esque riff before bleeding into psychedelic romps and more angular mayhem.
This angularity, combined with a more metallic hardcore drive and dissonant chaos, can be heard flourishing in more aggressive cuts like “Linestepper”, “Your Own Worst Enemy”, “Proletarian Blues” and “148 Linnmore Street”. These tracks nod to the more acidic tunes of Twilight Upon Us, while simultaneous adding more stoner characteristics into the mix. But other than these short bursts of vitriol, the listener will mostly be subjected to tracks like the southern fried weed anthem “Don’t Fear the Reefer” or the leviathanic, bellowing groove exhibition of “The Mirror’s Reflection”.
Transitioning from metallic “sludgecore” into more or a stoner metal centered sound could have been a risky move, but it is pulled off smoothly by this Los Angeles act. Colombian Necktie immerse themselves just enough in the stoner realm to capitalize on the genre’s penchant for dirty groove and abrasive fuzz, but still retain their more chaotic and metallic characteristics to maintain their identity. It’s a heavy, catchy record that will most likely be the start of many solid releases to come.
Release Date: September 30, 2016
Label: Black Voodoo Records
Favorite Tracks: “Always the Hard Way”, “Silly Kid”, “Linestepper” and “148 Linnmore Street”