|Sod Hauler is without doubt one of the heaviest sludgecore bands in existence, despite not crossing quite over to pure doom/sludge. You'll hear Electric Wizard, you'll hear Eyehategod, you'll even hear Toadliquor, Abdullah and Pelican, but their riffage keeps on chugging and grooving in a pace that much too often cannot be called doom metal. The same could be said about their southern stoner and hardcore tendencies, though I won't go into another two instances of namedropping. With the great skill that this foursome obviously possess, the end result is a strong three track effort which shows a surprising amount of diversity. From the almost punkish 'Mean 18' to the dragging darkness of the semi-doom track 'Krom', to the laid-back majesty of 'Dragons Blood, Warrior Steel' with it's Abdullah riffage and a touch of Einherjer. I've yet to hear any of their other tracks, but I'm willing to bet that we'll be hearing more great stuff from them in the future.|
Unlike Sod Hauler I'm all too familiar with Aldebaran, who have up to the point of this release made music that lied somewhere on the border between sludge and doom. With this, and their following album 'Dwellers in Twilight', they turned their heads down and finally forced their massive bulk of ugliness through the gates of doom. 'Regions of the Dead (12 Hours of Darkness)' is a Corrupted-like epic that lasts nearly 17 minutes. Unlike most menacing doom tracks, this isn't latent. It doesn't wait for the unsuspecting prey. No, they have brought with them an aggression with few parallels on our side of the gates. This will chew your head off, face first, as appropriate for any good death metal or hardcore band of the brutal kind. In fact, slowing it down only made the ugliness even more disgusting than before and, not to mention, more painful. I'm sure the band had another idea behind the track title, but the quarter of an hour of pure darkness will last you at least half a day.
This is the tainted version of a vitamin injection for doomsters. This split will give you your whole days ration of headbanging, psychadelia and bile. Putting it on repeat is risking overdose, but still definitively worth it.
2. Mean 18
3. Dragons Blood, Warrior Steel
4. Regions of the Dead (12 Hours of Darkness)
Duration : Approx. 37 minutes.
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