Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Sloth Herder - Abandon Pop Sensibility

'Abandon Pop Sensibility'
Sloth Herder

Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill
Genre/s: Blackened Grindcore, Deathgrind
For Fans Of: Limits, The Locust, Gnaw Their Tongues, Belphegor

Lifelessly clanging away at an ear-blistering pace, this Frederick, Maryland quartet has shelled out a pretty good album here. Moving away from the classic lo-fi aesthetic of black metal while still maintaining aspects of its signature aesthetic, Sloth Herder has done a great job of mixing the hollow, screeching wails of black metal vocals while sticking to the crisp and bloodied shredding of grindcore guitar instrumentation. "Abandon Pop Sensibility" pretty much works as the mission statement of the album, if not the band itself, the wild transitioning between malicious smashing of the drums and strings and slow melancholy bits of near-atmospheric black metal (which ironically lasts about 30 seconds for each segment shattering the long-as-fuck pretense of most atmospheric black metal works) is pretty far from what damn near anyone I know would call "sensible"- good stuff regardless though, grab it at their bandcamp below.

1. Intro
2. Cowards of a New Age
3.Spiritual Aim
4. Relapse/Reward
5. Bleached
6. Dug Up

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