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According to an interview with Dom Kaveliski, the lazy-arse guitarist and vocalist of the band, this is one of his two favourite Sloth releases. Can't say I blame him for thinking so as the music probably one of the best examples of the Sloth-sound. Almost no matter which one of their releases you hear, you can listen to this one and find something recognizable.

After hearing two of their earlier demos I must admit that this doesn't bring me much that I haven't heard before. Except new humorous lyrics, that is. But on the good side some of the tracks featured on this one is just about the best of their hardcore ones. At lest when we're talking about musicianship as the sound quality still has the expected demo sound.

There is only one thing that I really miss in this demo. And that is the über heavy doom that Sloth sometimes produce. There is one doom track and some doomy ones, but mainly you will hear slow to above mid paced, bad ass hardcore. Bad ass? Yeah. Bad ass. You know. The same kind of rotten attitude that usually comes with a Sloth release. And of course plenty of humor in it.

The lyrics is probably the most original part of Sloth. They belch out simple, childish satires or ironic hate-this-and-hate-that songs. On most of the band's other releases the lyrics are very clear, but on this one they can be hard to perceive since the vocals are muffled by noise.

I guess that this ends my review. This is a release which should be better suited for fans of raw, bitter hardcore. For doom fans, it's probably better to look for your cup of tea in other, doomier Sloth releases.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Blister
2. Lice Hive
3. Badland
4. Returning The Favors
5. Still
6. When Brandon Meets Valerie

Duration : Approx. 15 minutes.

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Reviewed on 29-08-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
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