Mak - guitars, bass
Nik - vocals
SLUDGE: "Yellow acid Rain"
distributed in Switzerland by Irascible
produced by Makro & Sludge
review by Artur Felicijan____
far as I know, Swiss metal history never really had an honourable number
of bands that would represent it, but those metal groups that existed
and still exist, present it very decently. The Swiss godfathers of
metal, Celtic Frost left their legacy on to the revolutionary Samael
that opened the way for new local metal enthusiasts as well as being
great inspiration for many successful bands worldwide.
desperately wanted to mention Samael, as they truly put the milestone in
making of pure metal malevolence. Yet, their darksome atmosphere ended
almost ten years ago and the masters of Helvetian modern art of
blasphemy stepped off their throne and flew into fucking etherial rays
of shining pussy kingdom.
reason I mentioned Samael so many times is because every one of us that
used to love them as a metal act and felt disappointed by their last few
releases, is now about to be overjoyed by a new
blasting wave out of Switzerland!
is a three-piece death metal aggression, holding Samael guitarist Makro,
that will definitely attack the metal world with their latest
full-length output "Yellow Acid Rain". Although, this
death-trio did not emerge out of nowhere. In the second half of the
90's, Sludge released their first EP through Godhead Records, and
released two critically acclaimed albums before 2000. In 2004 they began
recording "Yellow Acid Rain" in their homeland and let Fredrik
Nordström handle the mix at Fredman Studio. The result is really
amazing, since Sludge were the head of production and had done all the
work by themselves and the final touch from Mr. Nordström is very
significant and will please the ears of all Fredman-sound fans.
I needed to describe the music of this album, I'd just say it's a blast
right into your face. Heavy riffs and low tuned guitar sawing, power
drive throughout the album, killer pounding rhythm and great vocals,
which without any doubt remind of Vorph's best vocal years, for
my taste, respectively. The music however leans far more to old-school,
sans-electronica death metal than to black metal or industrial. I tried
to figure their definition and style through their lyrics and mental
nature of Sludge, but I couldn't get deeper than finding the usual
amount of malignance and extreme poetic orientation (death, piss, flesh,
blood, brains, hell... etc.). No direct satanism or blasphemy though...
Acid Rain" is a full-length shadow that will burn out the light,
which their fellow countrymen tried to cast on the scene. It's
a perfect album at this time for any fan of heavy & extreme music.
If you enjoy the groove of Carcass, dark touch of Samael and the
heaviness of Hypocrisy or even Morbid Angel at some point, you'll surely
enjoy this album. Which reminds me that this is a really good European
death metal album.
track: Blind Man
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