Well last week we started off "Sunday Sludge" with an influencial band to the genre, this week we are going to feature a band that you "need to know". The featured band this week is Bastard of the Skies.
"Hailing from Blackburn, Lancashire, Bastard Of The Skies formed at the beginning of 2006 deciding it'd be best to play the loudest, heaviest, sludgiest rock possible. Since then the band have bludgeoned audiences across the UK along with bands such as Baroness, Kylesa, Today Is The Day, Jucifer, Truckfighters, The Freezing Fog, Volition, Bersekowitz, Apes Fight Back, Nightmare Visions, They Are Cowards, White Fang, The Gods Of Hellfire, Larkin, The Sontanan Experiment and many more. Having released their self titled debut through Meltdown Records in 2008 Bastard Of The Skies released the follow up, “Ichor! Ichor!”, in April 2010 through Mother Should Know/ Lockjaw Records."
This is brutal, devastating, sludge metal goodness. The music is relentless, combining great riffs, tempo changes and believe it or not, melody. Bastard of the Skies for being together since 2006 have essentially stayed relatively unkown. Frankly, I would not have ever heard of them if it were not by a suggestion from Toby. The influences from luminaries such as High on Fire to Crowbar are evidenced in their songs, but the band injects enough of their own personality to set them apart from others in the field. One of the most impressive feats by the band is the way they seemlessly flow from one tempo change to another. The band also incorporates guttural/death vocals with clean melodic vocals which gives your ears a chance to rest before crushing the fuck out of them again. Bastard of the Skies is hopefully just at the start of their careeer, let's hope that the world can hear just how damn good this band can become.
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The Sleeping Shaman-Paul
Tentacles. I love 'em. Big fan of betentacled things here, so I knew I was onto a winner when I saw the packaging for this CD was festooned with the wiggly things. Add to that the fact that I had the good fortune to see Bastard Of The Skies play here in sunny Manchester back in 2008 and was terribly impressed by their ferocious visceral sludge in a live setting, and you have the beginnings of a definite man-crush on my part.
Thankfully, I am pleased to report that 'Ichor! Ichor!' – the Bastard's second full-length - is in no way, shape or form a disappointment. It IS, in fact a total fucking MONSTER of a record. A YUUUUGE, betentacled colossus of a monster." Read more...