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Deadbird : The Head And The Heart

The four-piece outfit called Deadbird was created back in 2003. Amongst the lineup was (and still is) ex-Rwake guitarist Chuck Shaaf, so the fact that the band has gotten a few ideas from Rwake is no surprise.

One of the first things you'll notice about the album is that the drums are more up front than what would constitute the norm for fuzzy sludge. The drum work in itself sometimes makes the music tilt away from doom, but primarily this is a sludge/doom album in the southern style. But other influences are also included. There are acoustic sections and clear elements of what has been called "mathematic rock". This makes the music diverse enough to be called melodic, technical, hard and melancholic simultaneously.

The amount of varying elements in the music creates an emotional chaos; from anger to despair, from sadness to happiness. The fact that the music wanders quite quickly and frequently between the different styles that they play makes it relatively difficult to get into at first. In fact, it takes more than just three spins to get used to it. But if you like the southern sludge style, then the patience required to do so is clearly worth it.

This is a very powerful and intense release which is clearly not intended for the masses. On the other hand, which sludge band is? Fans of Rwake, Eyehategod and perhaps even Crowbar are most likely the intended fan base. Fans of other kinds of chaotic music could also be interested.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Sadness Distilled
2. Rorschach Sky
3. Mount Zero (Is Burning)
4. 1332
5. Illuminate The Decay
6. Eclipse Of The Rye
7. See You In The Hot Country
8. The Head And The Heart

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes

Visit the Deadbird bandpage.

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