Zozobra
Savage Masters


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ryan Kroner USER (29 Reviews)
March 27th, 2013 | 37 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The basest essence of sludge metal embodied in fifteen glorious minutes of filth and furor.

Zozobra never were the kind of sludge band to outstay their welcome. Indeed, 2008's Bird of Prey was a rarity within the genre: a furious, swampy beast of an album that was fast, filthy, and above all, concise. However, with Savage Masters this Cave In side project have apparently decided that it was not enough, resulting in the most obscenely pissed off fifteen minutes of hardcore-infused sludge that you will ever have had the pleasure of subjecting your eardrums to. Yes, this album clocks in at slightly under fifteen minutes. This would be a problem in the hands of most other musicians, but what Zozobra have crafted with their first album in five years is so utterly meticulous and unrelenting that it would be doing the band a disservice to put too much weight on the extreme brevity of Savage Masters. Among a sea of highlights, one that is most worthy of mention is the absolutely delicious performance put forward by bassist and vocalist Caleb Scofield. His vocals, lying somewhere between a shout and a growl, fit perfectly atop the suffocating instrumental barrage beneath, occupying that glorious halfway point between the unbridled furor of hardcore and the thick, murky character of sludge metal. Also, like the best that both of the aforementioned genres have to offer, this album gives Scofield's bass work as prominent of a role as Adam McGrath's unrelenting guitar playing, with his crunching lines providing some of the record's most memorable moments. What really sets Savage Masters over the top of the sludge pantheon, however, is yet another aspect carried over from Bird of Prey: the absolutely glorious production. Laden with feedback and some of the most deliciously vile guitar and bass tones to spring from such a release, well, since the last time Zozobra released an album, the entirety of this release is pure filth. This does not only apply in terms of production: the songwriting is filthy, the bass lines are filthy, the riffs are filthy, the drums are filthy, and the vocals are filthy: even the artwork, with its tan and black hues and its occult influence, screams of the unadulterated filth contained within Savage Masters. Yes, one could complain about the unnecessarily brief time that this album begins and ends in, and it could certainly be argued that there is a limit to the benefits of tightening sound and trimming it of its excesses, and that Zozobra are, at the very least, toeing this line. However, why should that matter when these fifteen minutes are so violent, meticulous, and unrelenting? Savage Masters is an album that defines - is - the very core and essence of sludge metal, and in the end, nothing else about it carries any weight.



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Ignimbrite
March 27th 2013


5708 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There we go.

NocteDominum
March 27th 2013


7218 Comments


God I love thee : ]

NocteDominum
March 27th 2013


7218 Comments


Are you aware that you've never reviewed anything below a 3.5?


How dare he? Why wouldn't review something you dont like, it's not like writers to to love/hate in equal parts lol Failing that, what's the relevance of this question? It's like asking you why you've only got 23 comments!

And, do you really expect me, or anyone for that matter, to read that huge glunk of a what you might call a paragraph?


Well yeah, it must take a lot of concentration to get through a single paragraph, I feel your pain ; ]



NocteDominum
March 27th 2013


7218 Comments


Can we have trolls with brains back?

NocteDominum
March 27th 2013


7218 Comments


Somebody's butthurt.

Ignimbrite
March 27th 2013


5708 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sigh

NocteDominum
March 27th 2013


7218 Comments


What happened to new users lurking for a while?

Relinquished
March 27th 2013


29103 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

break this shit up mr. i wanna be like sohbi and adam thomas

Scoot
March 27th 2013


18223 Comments


wats a glunk

Digging: Mutoid Man - Bleeder

NocteDominum
March 27th 2013


7218 Comments


Right, before you decide your more important than Zeppelin. Your first point is irrelevant, as for my reply it was not. It doesn't matter how or what the other scores in other reviews are, and it means even less when talking about this review.
Secondly, and I can't stress this enough. The writing style of a review is up to - you guessed it - the writer. Insults aside, most on this site at least know when to drop things back a notch and watch. How do Contributors get promoted? Well, by the higher powers. It doesn't happen unless they deserve it. Thank you, go waste someone else's time now?

Ignimbrite
March 27th 2013


5708 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and one from a contributor who's IQ is less then my nanny with Alzheimer's




*whose

NocteDominum
March 27th 2013


7218 Comments


Oi potsy, didn't you have a big picture?


and one from a contributor who's IQ is less then my nanny with Alzheimer's


*whose


Lol


Ignimbrite
March 27th 2013


5708 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You guys rule. Now, let's get this thread back on track. This album is good. Have at it. Ignore the probable alach alt.

Ignimbrite
March 27th 2013


5708 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awww, shucks. Much thanks to all of you.

NocteDominum
March 27th 2013


7218 Comments


iPod. I was trying to make a point and offer some valid feedback and everyone got defensive. You're the only cordial one here.


Hardly, refer to previous comments.

Back on topic; I'm kinda glad this is so short. Another half hour of this might be forced, strained.


NocteDominum
March 27th 2013


7218 Comments


This guy's lost, someone point him to the nearest exit.

NocteDominum
March 27th 2013


7218 Comments


Every so often and not always over 3.5 ; ] Look, just cut back on the homophobe stuff and ask relevant questions, you know the ones that actually mean something. Without attempting to shoot down something that's perfectly fine.

DominionMM1
March 27th 2013


11481 Comments


well I liked your review prison mike

NocteDominum
March 27th 2013


7218 Comments


Noo, I'm honestly thinking this is the most fun I've had on this site for a while.

NocteDominum
March 27th 2013


7218 Comments


i bet u r


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