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Sloth (US) : Joy Is Gone From our Hearts

Now this is what I have long wanted to hear from these guys, a real doom release. The first track is also featured on their 'best of' compilation (which is mostly doom by the way), called 'It's Not Our Worst, AKA Progression?'. Unlike many of Sloth's other releases, this is definitely a no bullshit release. Well... Nearly no bullshit, at least.

The sound of this release is probably closer to Worship than a sludge/doom band, as Sloth is. Horrible howls, sick dark vokills and a chipmunk are mixed with very minimalist and heavy riffs. Drench all of this in non-conventional noise influences and you have quite a good idea of the sound this release comes up with. And don't laugh at the chipmunk! It doesn't come out as silly as it sounds on paper. Rather, it sounds kinda ghoulish. As a last finishing touch, the classic vinyl sound adds its crackling noises to round off the overall ambiance perfectly.

Amongst all of this foul soup of sewage that comes dripping out of the speakers, there is also a section with clear vocals. And in fact it sounds quite mournful. The music doesn't drift far away from the filth earlier on, but it does give it a less sick feeling.

Just like so many of Sloth's releases this definitely requires a special taste. As mentioned earlier, it resembles Worship to some point, so fans who don't mind some experimentation should hear this. Sadly this oddity is also a rarity. Rather than globetrotting in an attempt to find a copy, I’d suggest your money would be better invested in a copy of their 'best of' compilation CD. It does after all contain at least half of this gem.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Human Torch is Throwing Fireballs at You (Part 1)
2. Human Torch is Throwing Fireballs At You (Part 2)

Duration : Approx. 13 minutes

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Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by A. Tolonen
Forever Autumn
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