BIG BUSINESS — Head For The Shallow

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Album · 2004

Filed under Sludge Metal
By BIG BUSINESS

Tracklist


1. O.G. (04:21)
2. Focus Pocus (05:19)
3. White Pizazz (04:38)
4. Stareadactyl (02:59)
5. Easter Romantic (05:09)
6. Technically Electrified (03:47)
7. Eis Hexe (04:05)
8. Off Off Broadway (05:17)

Total Time 35:35


2005 CD release:

9. O.G. (Demo) (04:21)
10. Eis Hexe (Demo) (04:01)
11. Evil Medievil (Demo) (03:50)
12. Off Off Broadway (Demo) (04:36)

Total Time 52:23

Line-up/Musicians


- Jared Warren / bass, vocals, noises
- Coady Willis / drums, vocals, noises

Guest musicians:
- Dave Hernandez / guitars (tracks 1, 5)
- John Devoy / guitars (tracks 7, 8)

About this release

CD released 10th November 2004 on Hydra Head Records (HH666-082).

CD released in 2005 on Daymare Recordings (PTCD 1023), with bonus tracks from "Tour EP" on Wäntage USA.

12" 33⅓ RPM vinyl LP released 2005 on Wäntage USA (WANTAGE-037).

Thanks to UMUR, Stooge, Bosh66 for the updates

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UMUR
"Head for the Shallow" is the debut full-length studio album by US sludge metal act Big Business. The album was released through Hydra Head Records in November 2004.

It´s apparent from the opening notes of "Head for the Shallow", that Big Business are a very unique sounding act, with their distorted bass, drums and vocal dominated sound. It´s not everyday you come across a metal act where the guitar plays second violin to everything else. There´s a rather obvious Melvins influence in the music, but other than that Big Business have a pretty unique sound. The tracks are generally simple yet effective and raw. Lead vocalist/bassist Jared Warren has an extremely raw and rusty voice (the man sounds like he has swallowed rusty nails) and his vocal performance here is a great asset to the music.

There´s a nice energy in the music and the rythm section really excel in driving the music forward. There´s something irresistibly charming about Big Business and it all starts with that well playing and adventurous rythm section. The sound production is raw and powerful too, which is always great, but the actual songwriting is slightly lacking. While there are some incredibly powerful, raw and catchy tracks (and moments in other tracks) on "Head for the Shallow", the tracks aren´t always that memorable. It´s something the band would successfully improve on for their next album. It´s a minor issue though and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is still more than deserved.

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