Sep 25, 2012
Slug Lord - "Slug Lord" ...
What is lacking apart from the lack of originality is some spark in the sound. Guitars are heavy but you always get the feeling that they should be heavier given the context of the style they are putting out there for doomsters to hear. The guitar sound isn't lacking in fuzz but it doesn't have enough bottom end and even the bass seems a bit light-weight at times. The production is very good but the sound of the band raises some questions. Also as the 6 tracks cruise along at a mostly faster than usual stoner-doom pace there isn't any tracks that stand out but there is certainly no bad tracks either. Tracks like 'Gastropoda' and the ironically named 'Speeding' have more than enough killer riffage and memorable vocal lines to keep stoner-doom fans happy.
Just a day before putting this review together, I was sent the news that Johanna Rutto is no longer in the band. I find this to be somewhat of a worry considering she is the bands most unique element and is what makes this EP just that bit memorable. I hope they find another vocalist of equal or greater substance because it is what makes this more than just another throwaway stoner-doom metal release. Fans of early Electric Wizard and the psychedelic occult/proto-doom sounds of bands like Blood Ceremony should find plenty to dig with this self-titled EP and if you want to talk potential..............yes this band has it. Smoke a bowl and give this a blast....7.5/10.
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