Friday, 6 March 2015


The doom-death/sludge entity Norilsk unveils “Japetus”, first music video off their forthcoming album “The Idea of North”, out March 10, 2015 on Hypnotic Dirge Records and Dwyer Records, and later this year on vinyl via Alerta Antifascista Records.

Named after Siberia’s northernmost city, home of a famous heavy metal smelting complex, Norilsk is a doom-death band from Gatineau (Québec), Canada. Norilsk released a 20-minute EP in 2014, which was well received and laid the groundwork for the 2015 opus.

“The Idea of North” is a doom-death album crafted for the winter season: it has slow and crushing riffs, death growls, and atmospheric arrangements. An evocation of an ominous presence over a vast wasteland, “The Idea of North” is a massive offering that triggers the imagination. Its music draws comparison with doom-death bands such as My Dying Bride, Morgion and Ablaze in Hatred, but it also has a few atmospheric sludge/post metal elements reminiscent of Isis and Morne.

The band comments: “The Japetus music video is an artistic collaboration between Norilsk and film producer Petr Maur, from Ottawa. Petr used our drummer Nick Richer as the main character for his movie Horsehead, and our music as soundtrack. In exchange, he generously offered to do a short version of his movie, and to adapt it as a music video for us”.

With stunning pictures and a twisted darker-than-Alice-in-Uglyland universe, Petr Maur began creating a short surrealist film using dreamlike visual elements and experimental soundscapes. Linked together, these create a coherent but still highly interpretive film. No part of the film was created using digital SFX thus deepening the films already twisted realism.

With that in mind, it gives us great pleasure to be able to premiere the video here, at Sludgelord Headquarters. 

Petr is an accomplished photographer and a multimedia artist who has worked on numerous creative projects including photography, graphic design and independent film work. These experiences have inspired Petr to create several music videos as well as his own short film.

Petr Maur Productions 2015

Norilsk’s new record “The Idea of North”, will be available from March 10th, so make sure you pick up a copy and watch out for our forthcoming review.

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Fashion Week - Prêt-à-Porter (Album Review)

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released:
Label: Solar Flare Records

‘Prêt-à-Porter’ CD//DD//LP track listing:

1. Fendi Bender
2. Chorusace
3. Meek Is Miznabble
4. Summer Line
5. Fur Free Friday
6. Klosstrophobia
8. Haute Topic

Fashion Week are:

Josh Lozano (Inswarm, Jarboe),
Carl Eklof (Inswarm, Lidia Stone, Victory at Sea)
Oscar Albis Rodriguez (No Way, Nakatomi Plaza)


It seems that after a genre is created and "peaks" in the eye of the popular opinion that weird interpretations pop up of the genre. One such style is noise rock, which itself is loosely listed by Post-(Insert genre). Usually rock or metal, these styles are populated by bands that wish to play music, but don't really get the whole band thing. They simply play in the same room, throwing sounds like a toddler throws toys, hoping that it sounds eclectic enough to come off as artsy or at least fashionably tussled. What they really sound like is people who don't know how to play anything with anyone. It’s just a noise, and doesn't really give me anything to grasp inside my heart and mind. Don't just throw a jumble at me, give it some thought and make an intelligent mess. 

A band that breaks this mould is Fashion Week, who just dropped their new hot mess, Prêt-à-Porter. They have a burning energy, a binding passion in their sound, and it makes all the weird parts seem like perfectly normal touches. The band plays with a groove that is unmistakable, even when the singer(s) are screaming everything at you, and it gives you a road to walk down while you look at all the strange colors they paint with. They completely ignore the dumb all-the-noises song not-structure, and go with a strong song, based on some killer chord-heavy grooves, great drumming, and a very Deftones-esque execution (except listenable and not whiny). 

Prêt-à-Porter is really a fun listen, and receives a warm welcome from me. I didn't stop listening halfway through the opening verse of the first song, which is a glorious start. ‘Fendi Bender’ is an excellent intro for this album, has one of the sweetest melodies you'll hear out of a current band, and gets stuck in the brain pan for a while after. Really, it indicates some of what you should expect out of the album: smart writing, some tongue-in-cheek humor (if your fast, you'll get the possible joke behind ‘Chorusace’. Refer to band title), excellent playing, and honestly just having a fun sound. It's not reaching for obtuse art, nor is it vintage 80s death metal. It’s accessible.

Another great slice is ‘Meek is Meeznable’. For a sub 3 minute song, it sucks you in for what feels like much longer. It’s beautiful if you take the time to listen to the band and what they are doing.  The vocals, although slightly jarring if you haven't listened to much metal or hard rock, don't fall into lock step so much as hop a piggy back ride all the way through. 

If you want a new sound, and you don't mind giving it a couple listens to find the gold thread woven throughout, check out Fashion Week. It'll look great on you!

Words by: Hunter Young

‘Prêt-à-Porter’ can be purchase here

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The Sludgelord News: KATAKLYSM - announce album release date & festival shows 2015

Montreal based death metal powerhouse KATAKLYSM, are done with the recordings of the follow up to their critically acclaimed Waiting For The End To Come album.
The record, which has been dubbed “Of Ghosts And Gods”, is set to be released  Aug 3rd. via Nuclear Blast!

Guitarist J- F Dagenais has tracked drums, guitars and bass for the album, while vocals were recorded by producer Mark Lewis (WHITE CHAPELDEVILDRIVER,CANNIBAL CORPSE).
The entire process will be mixed and mastered in the UK by legendary producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETHTESTAMENTEXODUSAMON AMARTH).

The band states:

"The new album is finished being recorded and will travel into the very capable hands of legendary producer Andy Sneap this month for the final mix and production work.

We haven’t been this excited to release an album in a very long time , "Of Ghosts & Gods " is set to stand alongside the bands classic records like Shadows & dust,Serenity in Fire and In the arms of Devastation it  has all the elements that make Kataklysm the force that it is with unrelenting power, melodic hooks , extreme passages and the head stomping grooves Kataklysm is well known for, plus it  jumps into new territory in the true nature of the band’s adventurous exploits to push the limit, the end result will be our fans head banging with their horns in the air and shouting the hymns - and that’s our satisfaction right there., We will be hitting the road this summer with a string of Open-Airs in support of the album. This is a determined Kataklysm like you’ve never seen before,, be ready \m/"

Confirmed festival shows 2015:
22.05.  D                     Eichstätt                     - Open Air am Berg
23.05.  D                     Gelsenkirchen              Rock Hard Festival
20.06.  BE                   Dessel                         - Graspop Metal Meeting
09.07.  D                    Ballenstedt                 - Rock Harz Open Air
17.07.  HU                   Dunaujvaros               - Rock Maraton Open-Air
24.07.    SLO               Tolmin                        - Metal Days Open-Air
31.07.  D                     Wacken                      - Wacken Open Air
06.08. ES                     Villena                        Leyendas Del Rock Festival
07.08   CZ                   Jaromer                      - Brutal Assault
08.08.  D                    Schlotheim                 - Party.San Festival
13.08.   RO                 Rasnov                       - Rockstadt Extremefest
15.08.    D                   Dinkelsbühl                - Summer Breeze
16.08.  FR                    Bretagne                    - Motocultor Festival  |


Source: Nuclear Blast UK

Mountain of Smoke - 'Mountain of Smoke' (Album Review)

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 19/6/2014
Label: Self Release

‘Mountain of Smoke’ CD//DD track listing:

1). Holden (04:06)
2). Sebastian (03:05)
3). Wise Owl (03:09)
4). Taffy (02:45)
5). Chew (03:36)
6). Captain Bryant (03:37)
7). Pris (02:17)
8). Gaff (01:35)
9). Rachel (02:32)
10). Deckard (02:17)


From Dallas, Texas comes Mountain of Smoke and yet another two-piece playing doom/sludge; I swear, it's an epidemic.  There seems to be an influx of two piece bands coming from nowhere, and while some are better than others, it's beginning to mean that such duos need to distinguish themselves. I personally know of a couple / three such two piece bands that are unbelievably heavy and Mountain of Smoke manage to distinguish themselves from the others, quite nicely I might add. The instrumentation isn't masterful. The strings, whilst using a nice, solid fuzzed, sludge tone, aren't exactly mind-blowing and to be brutally honest, you can tell this album is the band's first outing. It's raw, and has a hint of clumsiness to it, but this isn’t a bad album and it doesn’t suffer as a result.

I rather like the Blade runner theme that runs through the record, with every song on the album, referencing the 1982 Science Fiction classic.  Indeed, you'll notice songs named "Deckard", and "Rachel", after Harrison Ford and Sean Young's characters.  In fact, if I could replace the movie's score with this album, I totally would, and if that is what Mountain of Smoke was going for, then you've sold me. I get it.

Mountain of Smoke is in essence a sludge band, for sure, but I would almost call it "Stoner Sludge", with a little bit of Ministry thrown in, with early White Zombie, sprinkled with a dash of Black Sabbath for good measure.

Song length for me personally can be the Achilles’ heel for many bands in the scene, because running on one or two riffs, no matter how bone-crushingly heavy you are, can get tedious after seven minutes or so, but M.o.S understands this, and make the effort to keep things from getting too repetitive. The track "Wise Owl" is a good example. (Remember the Replicant Owl, when Deckard first meets Rachel?) 

For all the good points, personally I would have liked more variety in the vocals, each track is accompanied by the "Ministry-esque" screams, which aren't altogether bad, but the songs don't all evoke the same mood, so it seems the vocal style shouldn't either. Irrespective of that, they do the job, and it does work with the sci-fi theme.

If you like Sludge, and Bladerunner, you pretty much need this album. If you just like decent sludge metal and want something a little different, check this out. It's not the greatest album of the year, but I have to hand it to these guys for creativity, keep it up.  I for one, will be keeping an eye on what they do next \m/

Words by: Mike Borsum.

‘Mountain of Smoke’ can be purchased here

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Photo credit: Kevin Griggs

Royal Thunder, the Atlanta-based outfit helmed by Mlny Parsonz and Josh Weaver, share Crooked Doors’ album opener, “Time Machine,” via NPR (

“You can’t go back,” says Parsonz of the song’s message. “There is no such thing as a time machine.  Live for now and learn forever. Beware the black streak that resides within each one of us. Relax, it’s just livin’.”

The band gave fans an early listen to music from Crooked Doors with the recent stream of “Forget You” (, which Paste Magazine said takes “the atmospheric elements of their music even further. It’s a song that has a heady blend of the sludgy blues stomp that garnered them widespread attention and even heavier, darker elements than before.”

Pre-orders for Crooked Doors are available now with the music available on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse (  Digital pre-orders ( include an instant download of “Forget You” and “Time Machine.”

Royal Thunder plays SXSW on March 17 (Dirty Dog).  The band joins Halestorm and Rival Sons for a brief western U.S. tour in June:

June 5     Anaheim, CA     The Grove
June 6     San Francisco, CA     The Regency Ballroom
June 8     Portland, OR     Roseland Theater
June 9     Seattle, WA     Showbox SoDo
June 10     Boise, ID     Revolution Center
June 12     Missoula, MT     Wilma Theatre
June 13     Spokane, WA     Knitting Factory
June 14     Vancouver, BC      Commodore Ballroom

Royal Thunder is Mlny Parsonz, Josh Weaver, Evan Diprima and Will Fiore.  Royal Thunder began work on the album in early 2014, returning to work at the Aria Recording Studio where they recorded the band’s critically lauded debut, CVI.  Pitchfork described singer Mlny Parsonz as “a blues-rock banshee of a woman, equal parts riot grrl and gospel diva” while Spin said she “commands a bluesy mix of Led Zep and Sleater-Kinney.” Rolling Stone’s David Fricke said Weaver’s playing has “the meaty, base elements of early-Seventies British blues.” 

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Source: Speakeasy PR

Thursday, 5 March 2015

The Sludgelord News: GOATSNAKE Reveals Details Of Their Upcoming Full-Length, Black Age Blues, Due For Release On Southern Lord In June

GOATSNAKE is ready to unveil the details of their first full-length in fifteen years, entitled Black Age Blues, the album to be released via Southern Lord on June 2nd, 2015.

Black Age Blues is an instant classic, with each one of the nine songs an anthem, and each of the four members of GOATSNAKE in top form. Everything is magnified; Pete Stahl's vocals have never sounded so good, the rhythm section comprised of Greg Rogers on drums and Scott Renner on bass are the driving force on each track, and Greg Anderson's riffs are heavier than ever before.

Appearing on the album intro to "Another River To Cross" is acoustic guitar courtesy of David Pajo (Slint, Aerial M, Papa M), the track also containing previously released recordings from GOATSNAKE's "The River." Piano is played by Mathias Schneeberger and Petra Haden contributes violin and vocals. Another welcome addition to the album, across multiple tracks, are brilliant backing vocals by Dem Preacher's Daughters: Wendy Moten, Gale Mayes and Andrea Merrit.

Black Age Blues is familiar, but nothing here is a repetition of what we've heard before, as GOATSNAKE continues to refine the timeless, ultra-heavy rock that they are infamous for, surpassing even the highest of expectations.

The track listing and front cover, with photography and design from Samantha Muljat have been released. Audio samples and much more will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Below is a full rundown of GOATSNAKE's current list of upcoming live shows in the US and Europe, including appearances at prestigious events such as Maryland Deathfest in the US and Temples Festival in the UK.

Black Age Blues Track Listing:
1. Another River To Cross
2. Elevated Man
3. Coffee & Whiskey
4. Black Age Blues
5. House Of The Moon
6. Jimi's Gone
7. Graves
8. Grandpa Jones
9. A Killing Blues

GOATSNAKE Live Actions:
3/21/2015 Gypsy Lounge - Austin, TX SXSW (Day show)
3/21/2015 Yellow Jackets Social Club - Austin, TX SXSW (Night Show)
5/02/2015 Pappy & Harriets - Joshua Tree/Pioneertown, CA
5/24/2015 Maryland Deathfest - Baltimore, MD w/ Amorphis, Anaal Nathrakh, Inverloch, Neurosis, Winter, more
5/30/2015 Temples Festival - Bristol, UK
6/01/2015 De Kreun - Kortrijk, BE
6/02/2015 Melkweg - Amsterdam, NL
6/03/2015 SO36 - Berlin, DE
6/04/2015 Freakvalley Festival - Siegen, DE
6/07/2015 AN Club - Athens, GR
6/20/2015 Crucialfest - Salt Lake City, UT

Source: Earsplit PR

Ramlord - 'Ramlord' EP (Review)

Album Type: EP
Date Released: 10/3/2015
Label: Broken Limbs

‘Ramlord’ 7inch track listing:

1). 'The Breached Sanctum'
2). 'The Fog of Neglect'

Ramlord is:

Jann | void wailing riffhunter
Benn | knuckle grinding blastmage
Mikke  | seismic barbarian


'Self-titled releases always make me second guess a band's intentions. Is this a defining statement of the band's core sound? Is it some sort of manifesto? Did they just have no other good ideas for titles? I'm not familiar with Ramlord's previous output so, besides speculation, it's a pretty moot point. Adorned with the grimmest of astral/occult/morbid cover art, Ramlord spew forth their latest and self-titled two track EP.

Complete with the personality only competently unpolished production provides, Ramlord ease into the 'The Breached Sanctum' with clean arpeggiated guitar lines before launching into the blackened crusty riffstorms that sound way more fun than the cover art should allow. Keeping satisfyingly at perfect headbanging tempos for most of the song, riff follows riff as the dual harsh vocals play to each member's strength. Hell, this is a really well-written song.

'The Fog of Neglect' composes the second half of the EP, propelled by the drums that include toms and a kick that are so warm they can only be described as 'fluffy'. For a power trio the guitar is curiously subservient to the bass in the low to low-mid range, which makes a nice change from the wallflower bass tones and mixing so common to the genre. So the bass may not exactly compare in power to Joey DeMaio's sound (honestly though, I'm pretty sure only God could compete with that), but the bass on this EP is diiiirty. It sounds like I'd imagine a rotting manatee to look (just did a Google image search, I was right). Filthy.

At times the EP conjours up the thought of what Coffinworm would sound like if they injected more rock n' roll into their brilliantly miserable sound. It's great, and makes me wish I was around in the 80's tape trading days when my ignorance of that era makes me think I could expect to come across something that sounds as raw and powerful as this. '

Words by: Jake Mazlum

‘Ramlord’ is available here

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