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Sloth (US) : Floor/Sloth Split

This 7" looks like it was made by a little girl. The cover is a childish drawing of a princess, with the two band logos printed in gold lettering. The record itself is pressed on obnoxiously pink marble vinyl with a spring green center. Not even Britney Spears would make something this feminine. Just goes to show that these guys sure do appreciate irony.

Of course, you should realize that the irony comes from the fact that the impression given by the cover is diametrically opposed to the split’s contents. Aside from the humorous contrast between the appearance of the split and the actual music, there is nothing light about this album. Every second is raw, ugly and unrelenting sludge.

Floor’s side is pretty short, and contains a mixture of old school hardcore and sludge. The song is divided into two parts, the first being rather bouncy with screamed vocals and the second being spoken word overtop more doom-like riffs. Some claim that it's actually two separate songs, and there is indeed half a second of near silence between two sections. However the way that the drummer taps the snare in between the two sections leads me to believe that it's one track divided into two sections.

Both sides of the vinyl have "Please play this at 45rpm" printed on them, but Sloth’s side also has the words "Apache" and "The Bronx" entangled amongst the writing. This has led to speculation as to whether or not this is the title of the track. However, I asked Dom Kaveliski (Sloth’s bassist and vocalist) and as I guessed, it doesn't mean anything.

The Sloth track is almost exactly 4 minutes and contains some filthy and nutty sludgecore. There is a section of pure doom, but it’s fairly short and by no means does it dominate the song. Still, no Sloth fan would be disappointed by this track.

Only 100 copies of this 7" were ever pressed and, since it contains two popular sludge bands, it is highly sought after and can fetch pretty high prices during auctions. So, even though it only has two unnamed tracks and less than 6 minutes of music, is it still worth tracking down? If you're a fan of either band, or like this style of music, then the answer is most definitely!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. [untitled]

2. [untitled]

Duration : Approx. 6 mins.

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Reviewed on 17-10-2008 by Arnstein Petersen
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