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I'd like to start this review with a piece of advice, if you still live at home with your parents then don't buy this. If your mother, on her daily patrol that all mothers do, finds this cover lying in your room...all hell will break loose! Why? Well the cover drawing of a nude woman with dynamite up her cunt should be enough in itself, but the drawning of the lady next to her has the women's lower torso removed - by dynamite, I presume. What a mother could not possibly comprehend is that the music is far from as gory as the cover (yes, I know that's very backwards for the guys behind the band). In fact, what you'll find on this 7" is mid-paced punk/sludgecore with raspy but nonetheless clean vocals. Err... well, it's at least mid-paced if you do not follow the instructions of playing the 7" on "1 Gazillion RPM". Fortunately, all of these tracks have been re-released on other releases ('Iron Larry Hogue' on 'It's Not Our Worst, A.K.A. Progression?'; 'Loaded' on 'E. Pluribus Interuptus'; 'Blister' on 'Powerty Level Gutter Swill'), thus you don't need this release if you have the others. Unfortunately, there is very, very little chance that you have any of the others. So... how mad could your mother possibly get? Even more importantly is 'Exploder' worth $50 to you? That's approximately what one copy is sold for on eBay these days. Strangely, I believe only 100 copies were made of this 7" and yet it is relatively easy to find compared to many of Sloth's releases.

Sloth? Yeah, Exploder is Sloth. The band changed their moniker after the 'Exploder' 7", which was also the band's debut. And what a debut! It is still one of Sloth's finest moments. In all honestly, I think that this is their best non-doom release to date. 'Iron Larry Hogue' and 'Loaded' are, in my opinion, two of the funniest tracks Sloth ever made. To improve matters even more, the band has put out some truly awesome riffage as well. Despite its short length I consider this 7" to be well worth those $50.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Iron Larry Hogue
2. Loaded
3. Blister

Duration : Approx. 8 minutes.

Visit the Exploder bandpage.

Reviewed on 17-07-2009 by Arnstein Petersen
Forever Autumn
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