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MASTODON - Remission Sludge Metal
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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 65 3.84
2 Stoner Metal 32 3.73
3 Non-Metal 32 3.64
4 Progressive Metal 30 3.72
5 Death Metal 29 3.79
6 Alternative Metal 26 3.81
7 Technical Death Metal 26 4.23
8 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 25 3.88
9 Heavy Metal 17 3.53
10 Hard Rock 16 4.16
11 Nu Metal 15 3.70
12 Thrash Metal 14 3.50
13 Doom Metal 12 3.67
14 Hardcore Punk 11 4.18
15 Heavy Alternative Rock 11 4.05
16 Groove Metal 11 3.91
17 Metal Related 10 3.95
18 Proto-Metal 8 4.06
19 Stoner Rock 6 4.00
20 NWoBHM 6 4.08
21 Metalcore 5 4.10
22 Industrial Metal 4 4.00
23 Melodic Metalcore 4 4.13
24 Death 'n' Roll 3 4.00
25 Atmospheric Black Metal 3 3.67
26 Drone Metal 2 3.00
27 Funk Metal 2 3.00
28 Grindcore 2 4.00
29 Heavy Psych 2 3.25
30 Mathcore 2 4.25
31 Melodic Death Metal 2 4.00
32 Technical Thrash Metal 2 3.75
33 Traditional Doom Metal 1 2.50
34 Pagan Black Metal 1 1.50
35 Power Metal 1 4.50
36 Funeral Doom Metal 1 2.50
37 Black Metal 1 4.00

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Album · 2021 · Sludge Metal
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What does one expect when checking out brand new releases from obscure sludge bands who have just appeared on the archives? Bland guitars and overly atmospheric soundscapes? Not with this new Hungarian band Rural Pitchfork.

Debut release "Lies" is very much in the vein of classic mid 90s sludge metal with it's doomy, bluesy riffs and aggressive, angry screaming. There are some occasional tones of the more progressive sludge from the 00s peppered throughout along with some mild elements of stoner metal thrown in too. It's a well produced affair with enough oomph to let the powerful riffs shine through without being too glossy and is ideal for the material. Fans of the genre should enjoy an all-out old school sludge attack.

A couple of factors let it down for me: firstly, the sub-30 minute duration and secondly, I can't escape the fact it leans so heavily on the guitar and vocal styles of Kirk Windstein that it's pretty much a carbon copy of Crowbar (matching Kirk in the force of vocal delivery but not coming close on projecting emotion).

Despite a lack of originality, I'm a whore for the meaty riffage so the aforementioned issues don't prevent the album from being a downright raging sludgefeast in my book and it showcases that Rural Pitchfork are a band with high potential but would benefit from developing their sound in a more authentic fashion

CONAN Existential Void Guardian

Album · 2018 · Doom Metal
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Released in 2018, “Existential Void Guardian” is the fourth full length studio album by UK doom metal titans Conan. It’s a release which carries on in a similar vein to the preceding albums. This is certainly not a negative point as the consistently high standard of said releases is commendable and on this one, the songwriting has an even greater level of sophistication.

As usual, we are instantly lambasted with an impenetrable storm of monumental riffs from which there is no escape. The guitar tone is beyond powerful and is amongst the densest I’ve ever heard. This is accompanied by angst ridden and enraged vocals which are reminiscent of Scott Kelly. The overall vibe is somewhat a fusion of the abrasive, pained anger of Neurosis and the slow stoner doom of Sleep but avoiding the whole idea of creating a 1 hour long track from a handful of riffs and jam-like solos.

Aside from the songwriting, one thing that stands out from previous releases is the production - clearer, warmer and more professional sounding without going so far as to sound overly polished. This is ideal for not compromising the delightfully ludicrous levels of heaviness in the music.

“Existential Void Guardian” is an utterly crushing album and truly provides the sense of an impending disaster looming on the horizon. If doom metal is your thing, you should familiarise yourself with Conan’s material if you have not already.

ENRAPTURE Another Green Drought

Album · 2021 · Atmospheric Sludge Metal
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Released in January 2021, “Another Green Drought” is the debut studio album by Norwegian progressive post-metal band Enrapture. From the off, it is clear we have a trio of skilled musicians who play as a tight unit and display a high standard of song writing. The material has a progressive structure in parts with varying time signatures and rhythmically complex arrangements throughout.

One highlight of the album is the opener “Badlands” which pummels the listener with a healthy dose of powerful, crunchy riffs, aggressive, technical drumming and harsh screamed vocals. The penultimate “Groundswells” is another highlight which boasts riff after riff of killer sludge before building into an atmospheric epic.

The album is of a consistent quality throughout but the greatest joy for me is the successful juxtaposition of the brutally heavy side of metal and the uplifting qualities of post-rock music which does not always work for me. On this release, it’s truly majestic and transports me between heaven and hell and sometimes to both simultaneously – the best example of this is showcased in “Floodwaters and the Desert” which features a dreamlike soundscape overlain with a mixture of harsh screaming, some clean vocals and delightful mix of heavy and uplifting lead guitar parts.

Highly recommended to fans of Intronaut, Mastodon and Tool.


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.


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.

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  • Posted 1 day ago in 2021 so far release from UK rap metal group Hacktivist - pretty decent. Meshuggah style groovy riffs with some punk aggression and grime style rapping.Khaliq, I envisage this being up your street based on what I know of your tastes.
  • Posted 1 day ago in 2021 so far
    ^that was intense to say the least! I'll need to play that again soon. After one listen, I'm not sure if I enjoyed it or not, it was more an equally hypnotising and haunting experience.BitterJalapeno2021-06-19 02:42:56
  • Posted 3 days ago in 2021 so far
    Nice one Paul. I hope you like it. I'm loving that Cryptosis album you reviewed more and more with each listen. Played it today on a work related drive from Glasgow to Gretna and then again on the way back!


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