Weedeater
God Luck and Good Speed


4.5
superb

Review

by Jordan F. USER (21 Reviews)
March 23rd, 2010 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A memorable and authentic display of southern sludge. One of the greatest "true" sludge albums of the decade.

Weedeater is a megaheavy 3 piece from Wilmington NC that has shattering ear drums since 1998. You might be familiar with the lord of southern sludge, Dave “Dixie Collins. He is the vocalist/bassist and chemically altered brain behind Weedeater. Collins is quite a figure in the Sludge scene, heading older bands such as Buzzov*en, Bongzilla and Sourvein. That being said, "Godluck and Goodspeed" is bludgeoning example of what Sludge was meant to be. Not that the more recent, atmospheric and progressive styles are “untrue” but this is post-amplification blues all the way.

The organic, raw production of Steven Albini creates the feeling you are there watching them play live. Collin’s teeth rattling bass and throat searing vocals are the foundation for most of the tracks but the guitar has some moments out front too. “For Evan’s Sake” comes to mind, with the slow bluesy solo near the middle of the track. Kirkum batters the drums throughout, keeping the slow motion, fuzzed out melodies in line. The entire album isn’t amp abuse though, “Alone” is a whiskey tinged banjo ballad performed by Mike Dead from Corrosion of Conformity. The outro to the album is a melancholic piano piece called “Willow” that sounds like it be heard playing at some abandoned bar. Other than those two tracks, "Godluck and Goodspeed" is all about assaulting amps.

Most of the tracks alternate between slow motion heavy riffage and the more upbeat groovy blues that leans toward early Black Sabbath. “Wizard Fight” and “$20 Peanut” are both on the groove oriented, insane party paced side of things. The cover of “Gimme Back My Bullets” makes it sound like it belongs to Weedeater and annihilates all other versions I have heard of the song (Although I’m not a giant Skynyrd fan). If you are a fan of Eyehategod or just the southern brand of sludge in general this is an essential. I’ve been listening to this album frequently for over a year so it is pretty memorable. "Godluck and Goodspeed" captures the primal form of this style and manages to keep it fresh at the same time.



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Relinquished
March 23rd 2010


25546 Comments


Great review, band/album rules.

bloozclooz
March 23rd 2010


1770 Comments


megaheavy

sounds, heavy

Urinetrouble
March 23rd 2010


5764 Comments


awesome band. look at ma user name

bloozclooz
March 23rd 2010


1770 Comments


you jerk off cannabis? sounds dirty

Urinetrouble
March 23rd 2010


5764 Comments


lolololol,

that just made my day

Bleekill
March 24th 2010


832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks and I think he means jerks off WITH Cannabis. Cannabis cream.

Urinetrouble
March 24th 2010


5764 Comments


so i cum cannabis? that would be awesome. the possibilities of getting high like that would be amazing

bloozclooz
March 24th 2010


1770 Comments


good luck trying to get it to shoot into your nose

brutebeard
July 18th 2010


1655 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wizard Fight!!!!

brutebeard
September 22nd 2010


1655 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

has anyone here actually eaten weed?

Bleekill
January 28th 2011


832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haha, naw not raw weed.

Bumping this so people relisten in anticipation for Jason the Dragon. Seeing these dudes on the 19th.

DominionMM1
March 4th 2011


10219 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm seeing this guys tonight w/Zoroaster. I'm stoked.

Jebull
April 19th 2011


1340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

GOD LUCK AND GOOOD SPEEEED

so megaheavy

TheSpirit
April 19th 2011


17990 Comments


great band/album

Digging: The Speed of Sound in Seawater - Red Version

Jebull
April 19th 2011


1340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes yes yes

Rev
April 19th 2011


9439 Comments


is the new one any good?

Jebull
April 19th 2011


1340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was wondering the same thing.

DominionMM1
April 19th 2011


10219 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's ok. Not nearly as good as 'Sixteen Tons'.

Goatlord
July 30th 2011


405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These dudes put on one of the best live shows you could ever hope to see. This is my favorite Weedeater album with Sixteen Tons in a close second.

porch
July 30th 2011


8460 Comments


good album yeah



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