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So Much For The Sun | ‘So Much For The Sun’

I’m sure I’m not the only one initially put off by the name.

It’s one of those arsey names that just doesn’t seem to fit with the band’s sound, or make sense generally. So don’t under any circumstances judge this book by that cover.

One simply cannot deny though the lean and heave of this fantastic band’s black tar sludge, as it lollops through eight bunker busting tracks of absolutely prime quality dirt.

This has had me addicted for a week or two. It started with those church organs ushering in ‘Cosmic Light’, a minute’s worth of portent before the air moves in front of your speakers with the density of that note that comes next.

The guitar tone sounds like an industrial accident.

Both the vocals and indeed the riffs are like the bleakest grunge deformations tuned to Z minor.

This is sludge that’s, dare I say it, accessible rather than repelling: the tunes here are absolutely serious.

Great tracks like ‘Sunscraper’ and ‘Sludge Horse Rises’ just carry you with them. The bass and the guitar are one instrument: one massive, fat, warbling, rusting low E, rumbling to the punctuations of a chesty snare strike and cymbal crashes.

The vocals are impressively dynamic. To start off with they pissed me off by not really being in tune with the music (not even nearly) for whole passages. But now I love it for the dont give a fuck attitude of it.

And the howls are larynx ripping.

I admit, I’m secretly well chuffed that a band from my home town is coming out with this kind of sick, and I can well imagine the creative wellspring behind it.

This is just really well crafted, sonically loved, massive sounding, absolute quality sludge. Hear at once.

3.7 / 5 – Earl Grey ::: 26/07/17

  1. These guys really push it live, seriously heavy stuff every I’ve seen em. Best suited for tiny venues.

  2. Bud Lightning Says:

    Smoke Weed Everyday!

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