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GOJIRA - From Mars to Sirius Death Metal
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MASTODON - Remission Sludge Metal
MASTODON - Leviathan Sludge Metal
MASTODON - Crack The Skye Sludge Metal
CROWBAR - Broken Glass Sludge Metal
SYSTEM OF A DOWN - Mezmerize Alternative Metal
MESHUGGAH - obZen Progressive Metal
MESHUGGAH - Nothing (2006) Progressive Metal
MESHUGGAH - The Violent Sleep of Reason Progressive Metal
GORGUTS - Obscura Technical Death Metal
MELVINS - Houdini Sludge Metal
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THE SMASHING PUMPKINS - Siamese Dream Heavy Alternative Rock
WISHBONE ASH - Argus Proto-Metal
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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Sludge Metal 62 3.88
2 Stoner Metal 32 3.73
3 Non-Metal 31 3.66
4 Progressive Metal 29 3.69
5 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 24 3.94
6 Death Metal 24 3.85
7 Alternative Metal 23 3.87
8 Technical Death Metal 22 4.23
9 Hard Rock 16 4.16
10 Heavy Metal 15 3.47
11 Nu Metal 15 3.70
12 Thrash Metal 14 3.50
13 Groove Metal 11 3.91
14 Heavy Alternative Rock 11 4.05
15 Doom Metal 11 3.59
16 Hardcore Punk 8 4.19
17 Proto-Metal 8 4.06
18 Metal Related 7 3.79
19 NWoBHM 6 4.08
20 Stoner Rock 6 4.00
21 Metalcore 4 4.00
22 Industrial Metal 4 4.00
23 Melodic Metalcore 4 4.13
24 Death 'n' Roll 3 4.00
25 Atmospheric Black Metal 3 3.50
26 Drone Metal 2 3.00
27 Grindcore 2 4.00
28 Heavy Psych 2 3.25
29 Mathcore 2 4.00
30 Melodic Death Metal 2 4.00
31 Technical Thrash Metal 2 3.75
32 Traditional Doom Metal 1 2.50
33 Pagan Black Metal 1 1.50
34 Power Metal 1 4.50
35 Funeral Doom Metal 1 2.50
36 Funk Metal 1 3.00
37 Black Metal 1 4.00

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KAPTAN KADAVRA Kaptan Kadavra

Album · 2021 · Sludge Metal
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Kaptan Kadavra are a Turkish metal band who self-released their self-titled album on the 1st of January 2021. Although filed here under sludge metal, I find it hard to pinpoint the album to one specific genre as elements of few other metal sub-genres genres are equally prominent. The overall sound of the album is heavy, raw and powerful with abrasive guitars and harsh, mid to high-pitched vocals that cross the bridges of death and black metal while the heaviness is interspersed with lighter sections of cleaner, middle eastern influenced guitar work and atmospheric samples of dialect. The production is fairly raw which suits the musical style well and my only complaint would be that the drums are a bit too low in the mix for my preference.

Although slow to mid-tempo, bluesy sludge riffs are present, the album also delivers a serious amount of groove with some guitar parts and rhythms taking influence from the staccato-like riffs of early Helmet but turbocharged with a healthy dose of Gojira-style aggression, pick raking/scraping and pinch harmonics. This is best documented in the fifth track “Buhar Gücü”.

A personal highlight is the third track “Güller Açar” which boasts a great sludgy stoner metal riff as its main theme but also has faster and more angular segments that sound more calculated and remind me of the precise and robotic structures of Meshuggah’s music.

The album reaches its mellowest point on “Beni Hayat Yoruyor” which adds a psychedelic factor before the onslaught continues again. Aspects of Mastodon’s early work can be heard towards the end of the album in the octave-drops in the track “Katiyen”, the excellent harmonising guitar flicks in “Tasikardi” and most of all in the aggressive heavy riffing of the closing track “Et ve Kemik”.

Overall, this is an interesting and enjoyable composition which successfully integrates influences from a wide range of metal sub-genres and is delivered by skilled musicians. Kaptan Kadavra are definitely a band I’ll be keeping an eye on.

SWEATY MAMMOTH Low N Slow

Album · 2021 · Sludge Metal
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“Low N Slow” is the fourth studio album from Ohio based sludge metal outfit Sweaty Mammoth (best band name I’ve heard in a long time). It was digitally self-released by the band in February 2021. The overall sound is dominated by low tuned, thick guitars and clean, melodic vocals which should please fans of Floor and Torche but lacks some of the rather accessible and poppy hooks present in the music of these bands - in particular, the latter. Fans of Mastodon's mid 00s work should also enjoy the crushing and sludgy, yet intricate guitar work.

There is also a notable fusion of elements of 90s sludge metal and 70s classic rock (think Blue Öyster Cult) while the jam like guitar solos are reminiscent of the stoner rock/metal scene of the 90s and 00s. Tempo wise, the album maintains the classic sludge formula of being pretty slow sporadically interspersed with faster and more aggressive parts. Although the bulk of the vocal delivery is clean, harsh screaming does feature occasionally, most notably on “Minwax Polecat” and the final track “In” which builds up to become an utterly crushing doom fest before ending with a weird trippy outro.

The album is consistent in quality throughout so it’s hard for me to pick specific highlights but my favourite tracks are the aforementioned “In” and “Pube Casino” – a mainly instrumental track which combines blistering lead guitar parts and slower atmospheric parts into a neat, coherent piece of music which would not sound out of place on Mastodon's 'Blood Mountain" album.

There may be nothing ground-breaking here but its definitely worth checking out as it is well played music with plenty of strong, meaty riffs as well as bringing something fresh to the world of sludge and I have found it extremely enjoyable listening and it will become part of my regular rotation.

DINOSAUR JR. You're Living All Over Me

Album · 1987 · Metal Related
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Released in December 1987, “You’re Living All Over Me” is the second studio album by Massachusetts based alternative rock legends Dinosaur Jr. Following on from the strange mix of folk and hardcore punk on their debut album, “You’re Living All Over Me” projects a sound so far removed from the debut and so ahead of its time that it’s hard to summarise succinctly.

It blends copious amounts of noise with addictive riffs, catchy hooks and glazes it all with wonderfully humbling sense of melancholy. J. Mascis demonstrates such skill and ingenuity in his guitar playing that at points, it’s borderline genius without the intricacy of virtuosity. Lou Barlow’s thick, driving bass lines and Murph’s pounding drum rhythms and very tight fills are the perfect accompaniment.

The opening track “Little Fury Things” contains some of the laziest, drawling vocals imaginable and makes Neil Young sound energetic in comparison. The vocal melody is immersive, nostalgic and will get stuck in your head all day. The following “Kracked” is full to the brim with memorable hooks and riffs.

The highlight of the album for me personally is the epic “Sludgefeast” which juxtaposes mellow vocal parts against incredible angular guitar riffing and boasts an utterly blistering outro with a solo in which Mascis sounds like he’s tearing his guitar apart. Following this, “The Lung” is an interesting riff peppered track with an interesting progressive structure and more superb guitar work from Mascis.

“Raisans” is easily the most musically accessible track on the album with its infectiously catchy chorus and is pretty much just a great simple punk rock song. Despite this, they still manage to inject some weirdness and make song sound chilling by including recordings of the screams and moans of patients in a nursing home within the middle breakdown.

I could go on in a similar vein about all the featured songs but will now summarise by saying that “You’re Living All Over Me” is a piece of work so undeniably influential on the alternative rock movement of the 90s that without it, the entire scene would have sounded somewhat different and evidently not for the better. You can clearly hear Nirvana without the anger, Foo Fighters without the polished radio friendliness and The Smashing Pumpkins without the anal musical precision – all long before these bands became established.

Simply put, it’s an essential album for any fan of alternative rock music and was a major stepping stone in paving the way for some of the biggest names in the genre and is one of the most important and overlooked albums of the last two decades of the 20th century.

TORCHE Meanderthal

Album · 2008 · Stoner Metal
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Released in Spring of 2008, “Meanderthal” is the second studio album from Floridian stoner metal outfit Torche – a band comprising members of sludge metal bands Floor and Cavity. Vocalist and guitarist Steve Brooks continues Floor’s legacy of combining crushingly heavy riffs with melodic clean vocals to great effect. Stoner metal is not the first thing that springs to mind when listening to “Meanderthal” but pop-tinged sludge - something akin to a fusion of Cavity and Jimmy Eat World with a trace of psychedelic rock thrown in.

The aptly titled opener “Triumph of Venus” gets things off to a superb start with it’s ultra downtuned and heavy rhythm guitar alongside powerful, thundering drums and layers of triumphantly blistering lead guitar which is reminiscent of the more melodic side of Mastodon and really sets things up nicely for the remainder of the album.

Unusually, the dirty sludge riffs and chord progressions tend to be played in a major key which, alongside the highly melodic vocals, provides a sun-soaked, accessible form of sludge which I find equally uplifting and addictive although at the same time, I can appreciate that few bands would be capable of pulling off this mix of sounds successfully. The album reaches its sludgiest point on the penultimate and final tracks “Amnesian” and “Meanderthal” which alongside “Grenades” and the aforementioned opener “Triumph of Venus” are the biggest highlights of the album for me.

“Meanderthal” is not an album which displays huge amounts of variance or technical complexity so clocking in at a shade over 36 minutes in length is entirely appropriate for the style of music as it negates the chance of growing prematurely stale.

I would highly recommend this album to fans of Floor and to any open minded metal fan willing to look past the accessible and poppy qualities mentioned above and try something a bit different. A great uplifting release and great summer listening.

SEVAN Guide Me Holy Ararat

Album · 2021 · Sludge Metal
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Released by Glue Man Records in January 2021, “Guide Me Holy Ararat” is the debut album by New England based sludge metal trio Sevan. Lyrically speaking, the theme of the album is based on the subject of genocide.

The album opener, “Bleeding Crescent” starts with some chilled clean guitarwork and slow rumbling drums backed up by atmospheric vocals. The heaviness soon rears it’s head and when it does, it becomes abundantly clear that Neurosis have been a massive influence on the band – slow, thick and dissonant chords dripping in oily sludge with aggressive vocals pouring out in an angry fashion.

The remainder of the album continues in the above style with a few exceptions. For example, softer vocals feature in the track “Eetch” and demonstrate something of a chanting nature. The album reaches its melodic peak in the closing minutes of “Goddess” before we reach my personal highlight of the album in the form of the final track “Kef” which boasts some beautifully piercing guitar harmonics as it draws the album to a close.

There may be nothing musically groundbreaking here or even anything particularly innovative to be heard but nevertheless, “Guide Me Holy Ararat” is a pretty strong debut album from Sevan and I’m pleased to still see new bands coming out who continue to hold the noble torch of sludge metal high in hand.

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