SLOTHS
Transit


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
July 18th, 2011 | 44 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: a diamond in the rough

When listening to a piece as heavy and discordant as SLOTHS’ Transit, I wonder whether the grimy, coarse effects are a deliberate decision by the band or whether the fact that there wasn’t the equipment or money available to wipe the grease off was simply the harsh reality facing the DIY process. The sludgy, punk, metalcore sound (these are going to be the last genre tags used here, for good reason) exhibited by SLOTHS is made all the more affecting by the distinct lack of polish. Throughout, a likable sloppiness permeates Transit. It makes the piece all the more gut-wrenching, but this binding factor is only the peak of the mountain. Beneath, there lies a focused, emotional powerhouse, the gravity of which came as a complete surprise. Transit is a dizzying, oscillating EP that carves down terrain from pounding bass lines, to a hail of crashing chords, to cathartic crescendos, yet always remains grounded by its solid songwriting. The vocals with their indecipherability, exacerbated and sharp in their delivery, only heighten the discordance of the record-- what gives SLOTHS such a palpable potency. Because of the general focus and flow among bandmates, what would normally come across as a spastic clusterfuck, instead reveals itself to be incredibly immersive.

More impressive, even, is the layering. Buried under the unabashed Botch-esque fury is a post-rock sort of adeptness, instrumentals you’d expect to hear on an old, lush Mogwai record. A few listens through Transit and it’s obvious that the main draw isn’t for picking out specific elements of “heavy-genre-here.” Rather, the appeal is the ferocity, the succinctness yet fulfilling feeling that the EP exudes, and that all the emotions exuded from post-rock, or punk, or whatever still come crackling in waves-- only without those nagging feelings when you say to yourself “Oh, this is just like ___ but without the __ and with the ___ !” The visceral likes of Transit is anything but contrived, again reinforcing the general feeling of dread that pervades the album, especially when tempos are slowed to a grinding, sludgy slow on “Postcards of Darby Crash.” In retrospect, it’s difficult to imagine that the tiny, DIY epic created by SLOTHS is so punk out of necessity only. And while the fantastically-named SLOTHS may not have the same name-recognition as counterparts who have released equally-harsh and heavy albums like Ampere, Weekend Nachos, and Pulling Teeth, it’s hard not to listen to Transit without feeling like it deserves a place among them-- based on merit alone.



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 18th 2011


16388 Comments


album art is kvlt

Digging: Spectral Lore - III

SeaAnemone
July 18th 2011


20300 Comments


listen to this everyone

EDIT: for free, here http://sloths.bandcamp.com/album/transit

Digging: Holy Sons - Lost Decade II

ZombicidalMan
July 18th 2011


1797 Comments


Listening to Keelhaul lately, so I shall definitely listen to this while the mood is right.

cvlts
July 18th 2011


8955 Comments


this sounds like it could be extremely good or extremely bad. good review, brah.

sifFlammable
July 18th 2011


2741 Comments


bro that is one motherfucking long paragraph ae

SeaAnemone
July 18th 2011


20300 Comments


um yes it is

Pyosisified
July 18th 2011


2450 Comments


post-metalcore

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 18th 2011


21941 Comments


http://sloths.bandcamp.com/album/transit
I'm just gonna stare at that album cover indefinitely

Dismantle
July 18th 2011


398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review as always. Gonna check this out xoxo

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 18th 2011


21941 Comments


pos'd

SeaAnemone
July 18th 2011


20300 Comments


thanks all


Dismantle
July 18th 2011


398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gonna listen to this a few times but this definitely rules. thanks eric. idk where you find this stuff

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 18th 2011


21941 Comments


still staring at the album cover

and listening to the EP. it's not really my kinda music but the post-rocky parts are kinda cool

SeaAnemone
July 18th 2011


20300 Comments


I have like 5 more albums or so that I'd really like to get the word out via reviewing

gonna start getting back into the habit of writing more though now that I have time

was expecting to be discouraged from 0 comments on this so thanks for proving me wrong guys : ) glad a few seem to be enjoying it

Pyosisified
July 18th 2011


2450 Comments


although its probably not good

accompliceofmydeath
July 18th 2011


4215 Comments


Sounds good. Gonna get this now.

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iLikeSchlager
July 18th 2011


23 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good review. for some reason i just think that those guys are average.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 18th 2011


21941 Comments


yeah I'm not particularly liking it but it's probably down to genre more than anything else so it feels immoral to give it a low rating.

pizzamachine
July 18th 2011


12571 Comments


I've seen long paragraphs before, but this is ridiculous. Good review though.

SeaAnemone
July 18th 2011


20300 Comments


it didn't look that big in Pages, honest!

*looking for a good place to split it, now*



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