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April 14, 2014
MAMMOTH STORMPlodding, tar-lathered metal-fed groove doom from Sweden.
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April 8, 2014
LADY FLINT Explosive stoner blues rock duo from Marselle, France.
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April 7, 2014
KING DEAD Doomy psyche-tinged spaghetti western sludge from PA.
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April 2, 2014
GROGGYBlues-obsessed fuzzy garage rock duo from Omsk, Russia.
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March 31, 2014
THE SILENT LOWMelodic, hard-hitting, attitude-driven stoner rock from Denmark.
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March 25, 2014
GRAILPsychedelic punk with a southern demonic desert groove out of Texas.
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March 24, 2014
LORD OF GIANTSincere, lumbering, 70's influenced heavy rock from Germany.
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March 19, 2014
WOVOKA Intense yet melodic, brutal gut-twisting post-metal sludge from LA.
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March 16, 2014
HEAVY VOODOO
Torpedo riffs, hazy grooves and cosmic stoner sleaze from Portland.
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March 13, 2014
SPIRITUAL VOID
Toxic, heavy southern groove metal attitude from Brazil.
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March 11, 2014
SOUTHERN STATE
Somber, shoegazing post-metal sludge from Columbus, Ohio.
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March 10, 2014
HYPERGIANT
Cosmic, gravity-defying stoner fuzziness from Sydney, Australia
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March 6, 2014
KHEMMIS
Fuzz-filled, snail-paced riff-praising doom from Denver, CO.
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March 5, 2014
BITCHCRAFT
Polish doom band with female vocals is a fuzz worshippers dream
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March 4, 2014
DRUG MOTHER
Sleazy, fat and dirty stoner metal riffs from down under.
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March 2, 2014
SPIRAL GURU
Newly formed 70's inspired stoner doom band from Brazil.
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Feb. 27, 2014
TIMESTONE
Expansive psychedelics and dusty grooves from Austria.
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Feb. 25, 2014
RHINO
Fuzzed-out heavy desert grooves from Catania, Italy.
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Feb. 24, 2014
SOLAIRE
Get stuck in some sludgey stoner groove from South Carolina. facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 20, 2014
HADDOCK
Heavy lightning in a bottle stoner boogie groove from Sweden. facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 19, 2014
VALFADER
Stirring progressive ambient doom from Bath, UK
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Feb. 17, 2014
BRUNT
Intense instrumental sludgefuzz from these Guernsey blokes. facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 15, 2014
MATUSHKA
Swirling hypnotic heavy psychedelic rock from St. Petersburg, Russia. facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 10, 2014
MOPE
Sultry and somber jazz-laden ambient doom from Genoa, Italy.
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Feb. 8, 2014
LANDSKAP
Late 60's early 70's influenced heavy psychedelic rock from London.
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Feb. 5, 2014
TOMBSEALER
Death/Doom/Thrash from the mean streets of Adelaide, Australia.
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Feb. 4, 2014
SLUG SALT LAVA
Doomy apocalyptic instrumental Sludge from Istanbul, Turkey.
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Feb. 2, 2014
MIST
Spell-binding all-female occult doom from Ljubljana,Slovenia.
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Feb. 1, 2014
GRIT
Heavy heartfelt psychedelic jams from Heidelberg, Germany.
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Jan. 30, 2014
9OZ OF NOTHING
Riff Heavy Stoner Doom with Southern grit from Athens, Greece
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Jan. 27, 2014
BRILLIANT MACHINE
Chest collapsing progressive heaviness from Ventura, CA
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Jan. 25, 2014
OUTWAILED
Genre-defying atmospheric mood music from Tampere, Finland. facebook- bandcamp
Jan. 23, 2014
YURI GAGARIN
Freaked-out psychedelic space rock from Gothenburg, Sweden. facebook- bandcamp
Jan. 22, 2014
BLACK SNAKE
Swamp-infested grooves and fuzzy desert riffs from Portland,Oregon.
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Jan. 21, 2014
BORDEL INFERNO Gritty heavy rock, solid riffs from Rio de Janiero.
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Jan. 20, 2014
OVERLORD Melodic groove-oriented Heavy Rock from Oxford.
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Jan. 19, 2014
A DAY AS WOLVES Garage-rock inspired bluesy fuzz and roll from Alberta, Canada. Eh! facebook- bandcamp
Jan. 18,2014
NAKED BROWN Hard-hitting Polish heavy rock in the vein of Clutch and Motorhead.
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Jan. 17, 2014
OMEGA SUN
Smoke obsessed Stoner Doom from Slovenia. Free demo.
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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sunday Sludge: Mudbath - "Red Desert Orgy"


Sometimes I worry that I love sludge metal band names as much as I love the music itself. But some bands take a step further and actually use their name as a descriptor of their sound. Avignon, France's Mudbath have done just that. "Blackened Sludge-Doom" must've already been taken, so the band chose the next best thing. Mudbath actually sound as filthy, coarse, and incautious as an off-the-cuff dip in a thick bog. Well, today's Sunday Sludge says fuck it; jump right in.

Churlish and unforgiving, Mudbath inject their down-tempo plods with scorching, electric reverb and a tension that you won't want lifted. On Red Desert Orgy, these cinq hommes purge three thick servings of cavernous indulgence on a slow trip to hell. And for as low as it crawls, the sound has plenty of hands pulling you into sharp, surprising turns.

Many of those turns come in the form of incendiary, ambitious guitars. Loserwood sets out with rolling, churning evil delivered at an agonizing clip. The licks may leave you wondering who's watching you, but the dense atmosphere will steal your breath before you even notice. Vocals echo "Dixie" Dave Collins, and the burning, bearded buzz throughout this opener continually nods to the fore-bearers of doom metal.

That old-school doom groove becomes a slow-dragged perversion on Mudjahideen. Dual vocals pit preaching judgments against screeching-swamp assertions, while the rhythmic plod is a sharp twig repeatedly thrust high and hard. The sinuous fibers drip with gravity until the track slows and staggers to a tempo shift. Before this is over, Mudbath warp through themselves and let loose just a bit. But that sticky sludge sweetness returns as Fèlix brags of selling his soul to the devil.

Smells Like Teen Cunt is as abrasive as you'd imagine. This eight-minute bookend reboots the electric, dissentious guitar, which confronts head on the hopeless mood. Remaining deliberate and disenchanted, the rhythm lays down and effectively clears a path for low-hovering licks. A long passage of clean(ish) instrumentation ensues before the sludge-drag rolls toward its undoing. The ultimate swell of chaos is something to behold, coming from every direction like the onset of death and disease.

Red Desert Orgy is brief and promising, giving listeners a reason to keep a watchful eye on Mudbath for future releases. When they're not wallowing in shit, they're slinging it skyward. The elements merge to craft a darkened, fuzzy air that won't help you ditch your paranoia, and the rhythmic surprises are delivered with precision and excellent timing. I guess if you're gonna get dirty, own it. And if you're gonna corrupt others, at least they've been warned.

Members:

Fèlix - Vocals, Percussion
Mika - Guitars
Flo - Guitars
Marco - Bass
Luke - Drums



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