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Sloth (US) : Sloth/Noothgrush Split

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Sloth's releases have always been very limited in their production. That only 200 copies of this split have ever been made is nothing out of the ordinary for them. The first 100 is from the first pressing. The remaining 100 come from the second pressing. Still it's a shame because the most noteworthy of all of Sloth's tracks are on this split.

The track is rather odd as it has a 3-minute intro and lasts only 2 minutes after that. The intro is basically an extremely slow and slightly stonerish bass line. It reminds me of the quieter moments in YOB's music. But the interesting stuff is to be found in the last two minutes. Here you find a pumping rhythm full of 'scream your lungs out'-attitude, blended in nicely with a dose of silliness. The sound is better described as humping music than headbanging music.

Noothgrush is the band that holds the other side. They are far more famous in the sludge underground and I would say nothing to argue against that position. Before they split up in the first years after the new millennium, they used to play just about the sickest and most tortured sludge that has ever been made.

This time, the pain and torment have been mixed with quite an unhealthy dose of bad temper. The track is as filthy and painful as setting a needle of heroine in the eye. And the extremely slow pace of the track pounds in every moment of this gruesome sight. If you like the torture coming from Grief then don't miss out on this one.

With all the attitude and torment that follows this release, my next statement is one that defies sanity. Ten minutes isn't enough. I play it again, and again, and again....

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Anaconda

2. (untitled)

Duration : Approx. 10 minutes

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Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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