Ten Ton Slug impressed last time round with the heft of ‘Brutal Gluttonous Beast’.
The sludginess was still prominent in their sound at that point. But I reckon with this one, they’ve opened out and become just a shade more accessible, in a sort of classic 90’s groove kind of way.
Which is basically shorthand for saying there’s a massively more apparent Crowbar influence this time round.
It’s pretty much clear from the first few notes, and that satisfying lollop and sway of ‘Slug Grinder’, which pervades the song’s lengthy seven minutes.
‘Matriarch Of Slime’ is more of the same – that familiar, comfortable 90’s stomp, with some Cathedral influences bouncing along in there too. Perhaps the vocals could do with a bit more variation at this point, but the nodding bob of that riff is pretty hard to deny.
So I reckon a lot of the development in this release has been about simplification. I said last time round that what was good about them was the amount of musicality going on under the hood.
I’m not so sure that’s the case with this one; not at all in fact. What you see is what you get here.
I’d off that at ten minutes, ‘Siege’ is probably a bit too long, and that that probably gives an insight into a cul-de-sac that this slug could be burrowing its way into. To wit, where else do you go after three (relatively satisfying) tracks like this?
For my money there’s going to need to be some wah’d out soloing or other sonic device to help them retain interest beyond any more than three of these kinds of tracks. It’ll be interesting then to see what the future brings for them.
These three ditties are enjoyable, for sure, but they also perhaps serve to highlight the band’s creative limitations – a factor of the style they’re in as much as their own input. Can they surmount them?
2.9 / 5 – Earl Grey ::: 04/12/17