|This split features a creature which fits the sludgecore ideal. It's big, filthy, smelly, exsessively aggressive, unstructured and prefers to make its living in a truly unforgiving habitat. The creature in question is a muskox. As sludgecore might portray it, they're misfits just like the rest of the sorry bunch of f**kers who are unfortunate enough to exist.|
With that being said, Sloth was supposed to start off the split with just that theme: Suicide. I'm saying 'supposed to' because while the tracklist lists this track first, it's actually the second one on the LP. It's hard to know exactly what's going on in the track with the loud keyboard and unrecognizable hissing vokills. For some reason the band appears on three different places on the split with three different sludge tracks. They're the least doomy ones on the split, but their unflattering view of 'Benefit Shows' is clearly one of the funniest in the genre. To summarize, these tracks are quite straightforward sludgecore with a strong focus on doomy elements, strange keyboards and a big, fat middle finger waving around.
The one's who's really the first band out is Thee Plague Of Gentlemen, even though they were supposed to be second. Their incredibly heavy, slow, and soul depraved doom/sludge cover of Winter's 'Eternal Frost', borders on being funeral doom in both pace and nihilism. The music shares a lot of common ground with bands like Corrupted, though they focus a little less on the filth and a little more on bass. A big belgian frown.
Then there is Wuzor, a band which plays doom/sludge with strong old-school tendencies. Bands like Grief and Eyehategod both come to mind. Fuzzy guitars, punky vokills and a very straight out anger. It's the band with the least airtime on the split, but makes up for it with a classic example of a good doom/sludge track.
Finally comes the longest of the tracks, an 16 minute long lump of doom by D O M, a band with one of the most intriguing logos. It looks like a mountain on one side and two pines on the other side. They both bend inwards to shape an 'O' surrounding a celestial object which is either the sun or the moon. Not much has been released over the years by this finnish project, thus this track is a rariety of it's own. 'Hypnoz' lies somewhere between Sunn O))), Bunkur and Corrupted; monotonous bass riffage, guitar whine and drums plod along with some occational faint vokills being screamed in the background. It's hard to figure out what's being yelled, but the music sure sounds like an existensialist crisis gone into apathy.
This is perhaps one of the best underground doom/sludge splits. It grants you a lot of heaviness for your money as well as a taste of many different sides of the genre. There is only 400 copies out there and you'll probably only find used copies. Still, it's worth looking for and there is a decent chance that you'll find it cheap.
Thee Plague of Gentlemen:
1. Eternal Frost (Originally Done By-Winter-1989) *
2. Success at Suicide *
3. Beneath An Angry Sky / Fall into The Sky
4. Your Band Plays Benefit Shows **
D O M:
* Track one and two is placed in the wrong order on the cover of the album, stating that 'Success At Suicide' is first.
** The full name of track 4 is only used on the back of the sleeve, and is only referred to as 'Benefit Shows' elsewhere.
Duration : Approx. 52 minutes
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