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Monday, June 9, 2008

Album Of The Day-Javelina-"Javelina" (2008)

The Album Of The Day is the self-titled album from Javelina.


The second album included in Translation Loss Records’ recent mailing is the self titled debut from Philadelphia based Javelina. Featuring a snarling razorback on the cover, I immediately said to myself: Southern sludge. Yep, Southern sludge it is, and Javelina heaps on plenty of influences with gusto and aplomb to put together a ripsnorter of an album.
Throw in equal parts Eyehategod (speed it up a bit and use less heroin, though) and “Technocracy”-era Corrosion Of Conformity (well, add moments of “Blind”, too), add a dash or two of Soilent Green/ Goatwhore, and include a few post-thrash/ sludge/ stoner touches evocative of newer acts such as The Fucking Wrath, and you have Javelina’s debut
full-length in a nutshell. Frankly, this album is just damn catchy while being crushingly heavy at the same time. Although this genre has been done to death and Javelina are treading rather well worn ground, the mix of exceptionally catchy songs and the pure heft of this album has really grabbed a hold of me. Strong riffs, a dual vocal attack, a thick bass with plenty of huge chops, a generally mid-paced to up tempo structure with some great variation within songs, some sludge laden stoner navel contemplation, and even a few fleeting moments of melody are all present in spades on the debut. All of these disparate elements are seamlessly woven together to produce an excellent debut album that speaks volumes of the potential of Javelina.
Translation Loss Records is rapidly establishing itself as a label to watch with bands in genres that are somewhat off the beaten path. Recent, highly praised releases from Rosetta, Intronaut, and Zodiak (some of these bands are rotating some members) are excellent. The release of Javelina’s debut continues that impressive streak. Highly recommended. (Dave Schalek, Live4metal.com)

Track Listing:

01. 1000 Pound Man
02. Let the Blood Flow
03. Gored to Death
04. Ghost Pain
05. Asbestos
06. Tyrants
07. Throttled
08. Clergy of Snakes



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