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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Album Of The Day-Indian-"Slights And Abuse/The Sycophant" (2008)

The Album Of Day is "Slights And Abuse/The Sycophant" by Indian.


Let's start off with the bottom line first on this one; This is ferocious. This is downright intense. This is abrasive and heavy all of the right ways. This is Indian, a Chicago trio that mixes doom, sludge, and just enough noisy experimentation to make their latest release, Slights and Abuse/The Sycophant, a spectacular slab of fiercely destructive metal.

Take the driving low end of Black Cobra, the thick stoner doom of YOB and tortured vocals dripping with black metal intensity, and the result is Indian. And although it may be fairly easy these days to peg doom and sludge bands into a certain sound, Indian's great songwriting variation quickly rules out that notion.

Tracks like "Cursed Reform" excel due to their forceful pace, emphasizing powerful drumming and jarring riffs in which the bass and guitar tone meld into one monolithic wall of rumbling low end. "Pigs in Your Open Wound" lays down a more mid-tempo groove, consistently building momentum through repetition as it leads into "Allotriophagy," the disc's eerily spacey, piano-based interlude. Even the record's fifteen minute epic, "Fatal Lack," dives into a bit of uncharted territory as it closes with a period of slightly off-beat rhythms reminiscent of Shellac, the Jesus Lizard, and Co.

Combine this great song versatility with excellent album artwork and a production job that captures phenomenally heavy guitar and bass tones and it's not hard to see why Slights and Abuse/The Sycophant is a remarkable release. Only listeners who shy away from the sometimes plodding nature of doom metal might want to pass on this one. But for everyone else, this shit rules.

Bottom Line: Indian's ability to explore different songwriting styles all while maintaining a firm grasp on the key elements of a doom metal record makes Slights and Abuse/The Sycophant an excellent release. It's unbelievable heavy. It's unsettling. It might even give you nightmares.

(Nick, Lambgoat)

Track Listing:

01. Slights and Abuse
02. Second Death
03. Cursed Reform
04. Fatal Lack
05. Lust
06. Pigs in Your Open Wound
07. Allotriophagy
08. Gloat
09. The Sycophant


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