Tuesday, 31 May 2016

The Sludgelord Song Premiere - "Spindle of Spines" by Black Urn

By: Aaron Pickford


A little under a year ago, today’s featured artist Black Urn, first appeared on The Sludgelord, their self titled demo immediately enamoured  us to their downtrodden blend of blackened sludge/doom, with pitch black vocals and an oppressive guitar tone, Black Urn furthered strengthened the already thriving Philly scene.  Fast forward then to the present and Black Urn have returned from the pits of hell, and are set to unleash another hulking mass of contempt upon us, with the June 10th release of their new EP “The Pangs of our Covenant


Today at The Sludgelord, we present the first taste of Black Urn’s new EP and “11m.57s” of blacker than black sludge doom, behold and suffocate in a “Spindle of Spines” and remember in the battle of sludge vs evil....sludge always wins





“The Pangs of our Covenant” will be available for free here from Friday June 10th, 2016 and if you can’t wait that long their debut demo is here too, as a name your price download.  


 “The Pangs of our Covenant” track listing:

1. Bushmaster
2. Spindle of Spines
3. Starved by Faith
4. 40 Devils

Band info: facebook || band camp

Monday, 30 May 2016

Bardus - "Stella Porta" (Album Review)

By: Charlie Butler

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 01/04/2016
Label: Solar Flare Records


Bardus go straight for the jugular with “Smoke Bath”, a ragged adrenaline rush, like Nirvana tearing through early Kylesa and if the idea of Yob having their drinks spiked with amphetamines appeals to you, “Stella Porta” will be right up your street.  This record is a swift, addictive rush of all the best elements of heavy music and will ensure you keep coming back for more throughout 2016.


“Stellar Porta” CD//DD track listing:

1. Smoke Bath
2. Monolith
3. Sky King
4. Transcendence
5. Haze
6. Oracle
7. Clandestine

The Review:

With its trippy, mushroom-based cover art and track titles like “Haze” and “Transcendence”, “Stella Porta” sets certain expectations. The latest LP from Philadelphian trio, Bardus definitely delivers a far-out ride but not in the stereotypical stoner rock fashion you may have in mind.

Bardus go straight for the jugular with “Smoke Bath”, a ragged adrenaline rush, like Nirvana tearing through early Kylesa. They proceed to hone this combination of filthy grunge and gut-churning sludge to perfection over the course of the album. Justin Tuck’s raw howl is a key ingredient, imbued with an intensity that heightens the urgency of the band’s already frenzied assault.

This alone would be a sweet recipe for success but Bardus raise the stakes with frequent outbursts of acid-fried psychedelia. “Monolith” shifts from hard riffing into a delay-soaked voyage into the beyond, to mind-melting effect, while the band demonstrates all their strengths simultaneously on the spaced-out racket of “Oracle”. If the idea of Yob having their drinks spiked with amphetamines appeals to you, “Stella Porta” will be right up your street.

Bardus manage to pull off the difficult balance of high-octane punk aggression and unchained cosmic jams to perfection. A swift, addictive rush of all the best elements of heavy music, “Stella Porta” is sure to keep you coming back for more throughout 2016.

Stella Porta” is available here



Band info: bandcamp || facebook

Blood Ceremony - "Lord of Misrule" (Album Review)

By: Richard Maw

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 25/03/2016
Label: Rise Above Records


If you are new to Blood Ceremony, this album is as fine a place to start as any. If you have heard any of their previous albums and enjoyed them, your enjoyment of this one is guaranteed. This is as good an example as any of a band looking to the past both in terms of musical and folklore tradition to create fantastical and occult inspired music.


“Lord of Misrule” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1. The Devil’s Widow
2. Loreley
3. The Rogue’s Lot
4. Lord of Misrule
5. Half Moon Street
6. The Weird of Finistere
7. Flower Phantoms
8. Old Fires
9. Things Present, Things Past

The Review:

Blood Ceremony returns with their latest album. It shares a title with the late Sir Christopher Lee's autobiography and features some of the same atmosphere and sense of macabre theatrics that the great man brought to his films. “The Devil's Widow” kicks things off sounding like, well, Blood Ceremony- that is to say that it sounds like how Jethro Tull would have sounded if Tony Iommi had stayed on playing guitar and Ian Anderson decided to hand over the vocals to a female chanteuse while still playing flute.

The sound is reliably retro and, yes, shimmery. The drums have that 70's sound but with modern muscle in the tones, while reverb is ever present elsewhere. Like Tull, the band makes excellent use of light and shade, quiet and loud.  The rather airy “Loreley” contrasts well with the more leaden “The Rogue's Lot”. Certainly, the band has come on since “Ceremony of the Ancients”- but not so much as to be unrecognisable. Being Canadian, Blood Ceremony perhaps lack some of the authenticity of a band raised in a place permeated by folklore and old main tracks, but that is only if you are aware that they don't hail from deepest Cornwall or some such other olde worlde enclave.

The title track is one of the shorter tracks on display here and features a driving riff and rhythm with percussion and bass driving the groove home with aplomb. One of Blood Ceremony's strengths is their willingness to incorporate Hammond organ, percussion, flute and so on- marking them out as unusual in the “bass-guitar-drums-vox” rigid line ups of most bands; even the retro ones. “Half Moon Street” uses a rather nice syncopated riff and swings along very nicely. The band are not afraid to really slow things down on “The Weird of Finistere” as they take a full-on folk persona.

By contrast, “Flower Phantoms” sounds as if it is straight out of the late 60's with an insistent vocal refrain. “Old Fires” is a straightforward rocker with a juddering rhythm. The intriguingly titled “Things Present, Things Past” is the albums parting shot and it is also one of the best tracks here. Acoustic guitars and echoey vocals coalesce very effectively. Some great lyrics here too (“If there's anything you need... just ask Mephistopheles”- superb!).

If you are new to Blood Ceremony, this album is as fine a place to start as any. If you have heard any of their previous albums and enjoyed them, your enjoyment of this one is guaranteed. This is as good an example as any of a band looking to the past both in terms of musical and folklore tradition to create fantastical and occult inspired music. 

Lord of Misrule” is available here

Band info: facebook

The Sludgelord Song Premiere - "Terrifying Japanese Coldplay Documentary" by Palehorse

By:  Aaron Pickford

“Gee, That Ain’t Swell”, a cheekily monikered debut if ever there was one, indeed Palehorse were possibly so underground during the time of the band’s debut release in 2003, the fact that 16 years later the band are calling it a day, is perhaps testament to that statement. But all joking aside, a band whose debut could be construed as a modern British masterpiece, all the while with a comparatively avante garde approach with two basses ringing distorted noise through a filter of depressive and maniacally savage vocals, Palehorse have remained at the cutting edge of the underground heavy scene.  Quite simply they have always been the one, but not Metallica

So as we approach something resembling the summer here in the UK, Palehorse are set to issue what will most likely be their epitaph, with new album “Looking Wet in Public” via Truthseeker Music.

Having recently undertaken a co-headline tour of the UK with Ghold throughout the early part of May and finishing up in Leeds, Palehorse will perform their final ever appearance and  farewell show, at the prestigious  Temples Festival in Bristol on 5th June.  As their press release for their new album attests too, Palehorse are about to leave listeners with the uncomfortable sense that something inevitable and horrifying is going to happen, indeed this will be the only time, you’re gonna be happy about “Looking Wet in Public”. 


With a little over a month to go before the new album drops, today at The Sludgelord in partnership with the good folks at Truthseeker Music, we can officially debut an exclusive stream of a brand new tune entitled “Terrifying Japanese Coldplay Documentary”.  You have been warned, this is sluggish distorted sludge at its best, so before you check it out, fix yourself a sandwich because you won't want to die on an empty stomach.



Looking Wet in Public” has a street date of July 1st and is available as a download and limited vinyl.  It can preordered here now, so what are you waiting for.  A full track listing and artwork can be found below. 



“Looking Wet in Public” DD//LP Tracklisting:

Half Lizard / Half Lizard
Miserable Heroin Addict vs. Jehovahs Witness Guy
Lambs To The Laughter
The Shower
Terrifying Japanese Coldplay Documentary
1893


Band info: facebook || bandcamp

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Child Bite - "Negative Noise" (Album Review)

By: Charlie Butler

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 01/04/2016
Label: Housecore Records



Child Bite create an idiosyncratic racket, a chaotic collision of off-kilter punk, the weirder end of 80’s hardcore and rumbling post-punk.  “Negative Noise” is an invigorating blast of dissonance, a blend of familiar influences twisted into their warped vision.   Shawn Knight’s hyperactive drawl makes a compelling foil to the band’s manic yet inventive playing, as his Jello Biafra via Mike Watt drawl varies in intensity to match the song’s twists and turns.



“Negative Noise” track listing:

1). Death Before Dementia
2). Paralytic Phantasm
3). Euphoria Saturation Point
4). Born a Hog
5). Video Blood
6). Apex of Anxiety
7). Vermin Mentality
8). Beyond the Dirt
9). The Great Ego Flood
10). Into the Disease
11). Heretic Generation
12). Feed Me Septic Dreams

The Review:

Child Bite create an idiosyncratic racket, a chaotic collision of off-kilter punk, the weirder end of 80’s hardcore and rumbling post-punk. The Detroit quartet have shared vinyl with the illustrious likes of David Yow and Dope Body. New album “Negative Noise” shows they are more than match for these heavyweights.

The band cover a lot of ground stylistically over the course of “Negative Noise” but their identity maintains strong and coherent throughout. For every breakneck burst of damaged rock like “Death Before Dementia”, “Born A Hog” and “Vermin Mentality” there are voyages into stranger territory like “Paralytic Phantasm” and “Beyond The Dirt”. The spooked-out reverb soaked guitars of the former are taken to extremes with the huge wall of sound and a hypnotic bass line that begins the latter, seven minutes of menacing riffs and anxious vocals that make for the album’s highlight.

Video Blood” sees the band at their most angular, sharp chiming guitar lines building to keening screeching wails while the stop/start riffs of “Euphoria Saturation Point” sees them at their most restless. Strong undercurrents of noise rock bubble to the surface periodically, most noticeable during the intro of “Apex of Anxiety” which exudes the shambolic belligerence of Pissed Jeans and the churning riff that heralds the arrival of “Heretic Generation”. Shawn Knight’s hyperactive drawl makes a compelling foil to the band’s manic yet inventive playing, as his Jello Biafra via Mike Watt drawl varies in intensity to match the song’s twists and turns.

Negative Noise” is an invigorating blast of dissonance, a blend of familiar influences twisted into Child Bite’s warped vision of noisy punk rock.

Negative Noise” is available here



Band info: bandcamp || facebook

Rob Zombie - "The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser" (Album Review)

By Victor Van Ommen

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 29/04/2016
Label: Zodiac Swan Records |
T-Boy Records | Universal


Rob Zombie hits a home run with each gnarly cut, keeping the fire hot throughout. Pastor Snow was right. Rock n’ roll has a great beat. And that evil feeling you feel when you sing it? It’s a good feeling to feel!


“The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1). The Last of the Demons Defeated
2). Satanic Cyanide! The Killer Rocks On!
3). The Life and Times of a Teenage Rock God
4). Well, Everybody’s Fucking in a U.F.O.
5). A Hearse That Overturns With the Coffin Bursting Open
6). The Hideous Exhibitions of a Dedicated Gore Whore
7). Medication for the Melancholy
8). In the Age of the Consecrated Vampire We All Get High
9). Super-Doom-Hex-Gloom, Part 1
10). In the Bone Pile
11). Get Your Boots On! That’s the End of Rock and Roll
12). Wurdalak

The Review:

“If you talk to the average teenager of today and ask them what it is about rock n’ roll that they like, the first thing that they’ll say is the beat!” Pastor Jimmy Snow exclaims in the riotous “Get Your Boots On,” one of the songs off of Rob Zombie’s new album “Electric Warlock.” Snow continues, “I know how it feels, that evil feeling you feel when you sing it.” Zombie answers this excerpt by allowing “that evil feeling” to wash over him as he scats his way through the song’s rowdy chorus, calling his followers to get their boots on and find out just how good that evil feeling feels.

Just as “Get Your Boots On” delivers in spades, heavy rhythm and groove is “Electric Warlock”’s key to success.

The album is therefore teeming with a nostalgic 90’s kick. Zombie is inspired and excited, getting things done with a unique stomp and holler that keeps his songs sounding like they’re jumping out of the speakers at you. It’s an addictive sound, one that could go on for hours. The guitars are loud and crunchy, sure, but its Zombie’s pummel that demands attention. With his Wyndorfian-style chest beating, Zombie takes full command of center stage to boast about the dirty life of criminals, demons, and rock n’ roll on top of the sturdy foundation his backing band – John 5 on guitar, Piggy D on bass, and Ginger Fish on drums – has laid for him. As case in point is the lead-off single “Well, Everybody’s Fucking In a UFO,” a song that’s on fire from the start and is home to the strongest chorus you’ll hear all year.

Initial thoughts upon first listen to “Electric Warlock” may suggest a never ending party. But give this record a couple more spins, dive into the lyrics and look up the audio clips that are sprinkled throughout, and you’ll discover a bit of depth to the record, too. For example, “Satan’s Cyanide” ends with an excerpt from The Talmud, explaining that “we don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are.” This clip provides enough fat to chew on as Zombie takes us through each cut, whether he’s going on about being worshipped as a Rock God or telling the story of Jeffrey Dahmer, a necrophiliac serial killer, to the tune of an uplifting beat and a rad vocal delivery.

The songs are layered enough to hold interest but also simple enough to lose yourself with. Then there’s Zombie’s tell-tale delivery, one in which you can hear him grinning as he sings and his I-can-get-away-with-anything strut. Rob Zombie hits a home run with each gnarly cut, keeping the fire hot throughout. Pastor Snow was right. Rock n’ roll has a great beat. And that evil feeling you feel when you sing it? It’s a good feeling to feel!

“The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser” is available now


Band info: facebook

Blade of Horus - "Monumental Massacre" EP (Review)

 By: Richard Maw

Album Type: EP
Date Released: 29/01/2016
Label: Lacerated Enemy Records


By the time of “Death of a Spartan King” (great track), the EP is well underway and you know exactly what to expect: blasting fury, with a surprisingly atmospheric bent to much of the riffing. If you have been digging bands such as Arkaik, Rivers of Nihil, Eschaton, Apocrophex et al. This is a must listen and this band has great things ahead of them. The final verdict? Blade of Horus are, indeed, razor sharp!


“Monumental Massacre” CD//DD track listing:

1). Intro
2). Monumental Massacre
3). Succumb to the Owerwhelming Stench of Necrophagia
4). Inhumane Experimentation
5). Death of a Spartan King
6). Descent into the Cosmic Realm of Everlasting Madness
7). Return to the Dark Gods


The Review:

Brutal and technical death metal straight out of... Sydney, Australia?! Well, why not?! So, what we have is: very speedy blasts, tight sound, very low growled vocals and screamed vocals and a focused attack of six tracks coming in between three and four minutes and an intro. It speaks volumes about the dedication of those involved that bands like this now exist; incredible musicianship and dedication to a very underground cause.

The themes take in ancient Egypt (don't think anyone in metal of any genre has done that before!) mythology and so on. All death metal, all the time! Until recently, the band did not have a permanent drummer, but with the skills of Kevin Talley playing session drums, his contribution is A1 in terms of content and execution. If their newest recruit can match what is on this EP…hats off to him!

By the time of “Death of a Spartan King” (great track), the EP is well underway and you know exactly what to expect: blasting fury, with a surprisingly atmospheric bent to much of the riffing. If you have been digging bands such as Arkaik, Rivers of Nihil, Eschaton, Apocrophex et al. This is a must listen. It is long enough to get a real flavour of what the band is all about and short enough to leave you wanting more. No mean feat for any “genre” band.

“Descent into the Cosmic Realm…” is impossibly serpentine in its riffing and soloing. Nice vocal effects and production, too. There is even a bonus track: “Return of the Dark Gods” is pounding and rolling in delivery- with blasts in place as well, of course. For fans of tech death, this EP is a must; no doubt, with a new drummer, this band has great things ahead of them. The final verdict? Blade of Horus are, indeed, razor sharp!

Monumental Massacre” is available here



Band info: facebook