FUDGE TUNNEL

Sludge Metal • United Kingdom
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Fudge Tunnel was a sludge metal / alternative metal band from Nottingham in England, formed in 1988.

Fudge Tunnel disbanded in 1995.

"Fudge Tunnel used to rehearse above a Working Men's Club, where their unique din must have earned them a few strange looks. Later on, Mark decided to move to guitar, and so they recruited David Ryley to take up the bass. Thus, for a while anyway, Fudge Tunnel were a twin guitar four piece. Mark left soon afterwards, leaving the trio that is now so very familiar to us.

The scene in Nottingham was largely dominated by the independent label Earache, who had built a reputation around bands like Napalm Death. The emergence of Fudge Tunnel with their dry humour and ambiguous musical approach was something new to the musical landscape of Nottingham and the UK as a whole.

Their first release, the acerbic Sex Mammoth EP,
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Creep DietsCreep Diets
Imports 2009
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Complicated Futility of IgnoranceComplicated Futility of Ignorance
Earache Records 1994
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Pigboy Records 1995
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In a WordIn a Word
Earache Records 1995
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TeethTeeth
Relativity 1992
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Hate Songs in E MinorHate Songs in E Minor
Relativity 1991
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FUDGE TUNNEL Hate Songs in E Minor album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hate Songs in E Minor
Sludge Metal 1991
FUDGE TUNNEL Creep Diets album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Creep Diets
Sludge Metal 1993
FUDGE TUNNEL The Complicated Futility Of Ignorance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complicated Futility Of Ignorance
Sludge Metal 1994

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FUDGE TUNNEL Fudge Tunnel album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fudge Tunnel
Sludge Metal 1989
FUDGE TUNNEL The Sweet Sound Of Excess album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Sweet Sound Of Excess
Sludge Metal 1990
FUDGE TUNNEL Teeth EP album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Teeth EP
Sludge Metal 1992

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FUDGE TUNNEL Creep Diets (A Sample Taste) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Creep Diets (A Sample Taste)
Sludge Metal 1993

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FUDGE TUNNEL Fudgecake album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fudgecake
Sludge Metal 1992
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In A Word
Sludge Metal 1994

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Sunshine Of Your Love
Sludge Metal 1991
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10%
Sludge Metal 1993
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Grey
Sludge Metal 1993
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The Joy of Irony
Sludge Metal 1994

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FUDGE TUNNEL Creep Diets

Album · 1993 · Sludge Metal
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Fudge Tunnel were one of those rare bands who managed to disconnect themselves from all the bullshit associated with the music business. Forget the posturing and posing, the trendy genre labels, and the commercialism. Fudge Tunnel focused on nothing but the music. The rhythm section looked like a pair of trainspotters, while Alex Newport could easily have been mistaken for a floppy-haired Manchester shoegazer, or an early grunge fan. Nondescript and unremarkable standing in a crowd, get them behind their instruments and the result is anything but unremarkable.

`Creep Diets' is stripped back, bare bones rock, but not the sort of rock you'd ever hear anywhere near a radio station. Fudge Tunnel produced more of a stoner version of hardcore. Imagine Fudge Tunnel are the little brothers of Neurosis or Today Is The Day or Unsane and you won't be far off the mark. The riffs are a wall of noise, almost but not quite droning, and the effect is quite stunning at high volume. Feedback and sloppy guitar noises prevail more than sparse solos, which are nothing more than slightly twisted riffs.

On first listen, it's easy to think something has gone wrong with the production on the album, because the vocals are indistinct and buried deep in the mix. It was done deliberately, so the voice is nothing more than another instrument. The lyrics mean very little anyway.

The rhythm section of Dave Ryley and Adrian Parkin seem to get bored with straight 4/4 rhythms, and mess with timings, add fills, and generally wander around somewhere near the beat, if not exactly on it. It's nothing fancy, but it's effective.

The band mangle Black Sabbath's "Changes" until unrecogniseable, and it comes out the same shade of minimalist grey as the rest of the album. There are no real highlights here to point out here. Neither are there any low points. The entire album is a Ritalin-induced emotional flatline.

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