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Sloth (US) : As It Was, So It Will Be Forever

No. I'm not joking when I'm saying that the track names listed here are the actual ones. Sloth has a very punk attitude, which their music has inherited through the early punkish hardcore. Anti-commercialism is extremely common within punk and with Sloth's general lack of care for promoting themselves, it can be assumed that the track names are a statement in this respect.

Sloth definitely have punk attitudes as they go about making fun of authorities and wielding sarcastic comments like a sword. Yet they play a totally different genre. Sloth is a sludge core band and they play heavy, mean music. When I say mean, then I mean that this is the pissed 'bite your head off' kind of music with plenty more frowning than any other sludge band I have come across.

It should be mentioned that there are two sludge bands with the name Sloth, one in the UK and one in the US. The one in question here is the US one and it can be distinguished from their name and genre cousins by the filthy sound.

Dom Kavelski, the vocalist, does some very interesting vocals on this album. He pronounces each word in a rusty voice and puts a heavy load on each one of them. It's not exactly rapping, but the vocals lie somewhere in-between rap and the vokills usually found in hardcore.

Having said all this, I must admit that I find not other bands in sludge that sound like Sloth. Fans of Crowbar and Eyehategod would surely enjoy this release, but they shouldn't expect the same kind of sludge. One could probably best summarize this demo by the words 'original' and 'pissed'.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. First Song
2. Second Song
3. First Song (Second Side)
4. Last Song

Duration : Approx. 12 minutes

Visit the Sloth (US) bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
Hate Your Guts Records
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