A few years ago, Svbterranean’s previous incarnation American Aftermath decided to put out a couple of free digital sludge compilations titled Summer of Sludge and Autumn Annihilation. These compilations compiled some of the best and heaviest sludge, doom, post-metal, what have you, acts around and were extremely fun and rewarding to put together.
Since summer is here once again, and Svbterranean has yet to dip its toes into the comp game, we decided to resurrect these loud series of comps. So now we proudly present Summer of Sludge Volume One; the first in a series of three digital compilations that will be released in each of the summer months. We hope that these comps will highlight the best of what the underground doom and sludge scenes have to offer, and turn on you miscreants to some new, earsplitting music. Why go outside and enjoy the sun when you can enjoy devastatingly heavy tunes for hours on in?
Below you will find the official track listing and stream of the compilation via Bandcamp. Once all free Bandcamp downloads are used up for the month, an alternative download link can be found here. Remember, if you dig any of the artists featured on these compilations, please be sure to support them in any way you can.
Summer of Sludge Volume Two will be released during the first week of July.
As with every other music blog or publication, we at Svbterranean are obligated to give you our silly opinions on what were the top albums of the year. I could list every single release I enjoyed this year, but I am limited on patience and writing ability. So, I was able to narrow it down to a modest 30. These are records that, not limited to just metal and hardcore either, that stuck with me long after the initial listen. Feel free to peruse the list below and tell me how my opinion is bullshit, because I will probably agree with you.
From the opening stampede of “Tales of a Romanian Horse Whisperer”, to the towering melancholy of “I Only Desire The Things That Will Destroy Me”, Sealclubber’s debut full-length LP Stoical is consistently devastating from beginning to end. The Stourbridge quartet combine elements of sludge, post-metal, crust, hardcore, post-rock and a myriad of other styles into one physically and emotionally crushing amalgam. This six-track, 43-minute opus is one of the heaviest and interesting records to be released so far in 2016. Heavy music fans would be doing themselves a disservice to let this album fly under their radar. In this recent interview with Svbterranean, the band discuss this new recording, their beginnings, future plans and more.
Contrary to their name, Sealclubber have no intention of clubbing cute little seals, but have every intention of clubbing listeners half to death with their music. The band hail from Stourbridge, a part of an area in England known collectively as the Black Country. Historically, the area became one of the most industrialized parts of Britain during the Industrial Revolution. It’s heavy industries of steel, coal, etc, produced high levels of air pollution, making the area marked by its “black days”. If a band spawns from such an area known for its hard living, they better have a sound to match. Luckily, Sealclubber do. The band’s unique brand of sludge, rife with hardcore and crust cross-pollination, is the perfect soundtrack for bleak life.