donderdag 21 juni 2012

Bastards of The Skies – Split LP with Catatomic

Bastards of The Skies – Split LP with Catatomic
Speaks Volumes Records – 2012
Metal, Sludge
Rated: ****

Bastards Of The Skies is a sludge metal beast if there ever was one and it has been on the rampage since 2006. Hailing from the dark and muddy grounds of Blackburn in the UK the quartet makes bands such as Kylesa, Conan, Crowbar and High On Fire freak out on envy. Their monstrous riffs weave forth an expert tapestry of simple but stomping sludge structuring and acidic metal hooks. Their first four songs are like one big gigantic volcanic groove that sloshes and burns and bleaks and intoxicates. Full frontal rage delivered by full force drums, maddening basswork and fiery guitars. And then before the two bonus tracks delivered by Catatomic are up we are treated to the cover ‘Don’t Let It Bring You Down’. Which not only turns the Neil Young classic into an early nineties alternative metal gem filled with all sorts of doomy references. It also shows that these freaks are capable of so much more. It sure as hell leaves one wanting more; and more is just a corner or two away. Be prepared for Tarnation hitting the stores later this year…

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