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Featuring members of Will Haven and Oddman in its ranks, the monstrous eponymous debut by The Abominable Iron Sloth combines chaotic downtuned madness with concise songwriting. This crusty nine-track endeavor showcases this Sacramento, CA quintet’s penchant for playing in the sludge, as the foreboding guitar tones and brooding rhythms found on “A Distant Pond from the Rivers of Human Limelight” and “I’d Rather Die than Fly” emits the kind of sluggish subtleties normally reserved for the likes of Eyehategod and Crowbar. Armed with a vicious vocal assault whose caustic shrill is akin to a tortured animal’s desperate wail while backed by an impenetrable wall of sound, songs like “Hats Made of Veal and that New Car Scent” are as viscous and dangerous as the title suggests. And even though you’d be hard pressed to find anything incapable of leaving massive abrasions in your ear canal, songs like “The Family that Slays Together Stays Together” manages to retain an undeniable groove, a trait this bruising band of heavy music merchants will go down as mastering when all is said and done. If you like the ominous din of the NOLA-influenced metal scene, this one is for you.
- Mike SOS