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Stumm : Taunt/Stumm Split

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This seven-inch was barely two months old before it was re-released. The reason was some problems with really poor vinyl quality on the ones made in June 2007. The new batch made in August 2007 has excellent quality, though. I can testify to that as the proud owner of one of those copies. Another credit to the record label is that if the customer is unhappy with the first release, they'll replace it for free.

The release features two über-heavy doom/sludge outfits, both of whom have a sound close to Corrupted. Stumm has an additional strong similarity to Grief's inhumanity, but that's mostly due to the vocals. Taunt on the other hand, doesn't have any vocals at all and instead chose to make their music purely instrumental. If you ignore the vocals - or, alternatively, the lack thereof - it would be hard to tell the two bands apart. They're both dark and filthy enough for fans of early 90's sludge to fancy them, and at the same time too loud to be oldschool.

When it comes to history both bands are very recent in origin. Stumm date back to 2003 and already have other releases out there. In fact their track, '2x6', was recorded together with the tracks from their first EP, ' I'. Taunt is even fresher (if you can use that word on such a filth). They started about a year before this release, in early 2006. Their track title, 'I', leaves me with the expectation and hope that there will be a 'II' as well, but for the moment this is what you get. [edit by author: Taunt disbanded before a 'II' were ever made.]

As a summary recommendation I'd say that these guys have made sludge that is pretty generic and could thus be of interest to most peolpe who are into the genre. For those who want a release with "goodies" attached to it, there is a definition of depression on the back. Perhaps you could use it as a measure of if this release has stirred anything in you?

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. I

2. 2x6

Duration : Approx. 15 minutes.

Visit the Stumm bandpage.

Reviewed on 22-08-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
Forever Autumn
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