Slugdge
Gastronomicon


4.0
excellent

Review

by ExplosiveOranges USER (30 Reviews)
August 24th, 2014 | 73 replies


Release Date: 06/28/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A solid blackened sludge metal album made even better by its sense of humor.

Sometimes, a genre just has to have fun with itself. It doesn’t have to be straight-up parody, but every now and then, an artist should be able to come along and make the music both funny and high quality. Unfortunately, extreme metal has had a lack of such musicians for most of its history. Some bands, such as Immolation and Morbid Angel, are fantastic, but they’re not really “fun” to listen to. Others, such as Torsofuck and Anal Cunt, are downright hilarious, but it’s the terrible quality of their music that makes it so funny. Few, if any, have managed to cross between humor and quality within the more extreme genres of metal. Enter Slugdge: A blackened sludge metal project from Lancashire, England, that bases their image and albums off of a story of giant, alien slugs conquering Earth. The concept alone is chuckle-worthy at the least. And with their sophomore album, Gastronomicon, Slugdge have managed to create a both hilarious and well-composed album that breaches the gap separating comedy from high-quality, extreme metal.

The first thing you’ll notice is that all of the song titles are actually puns of other songs. Some will instantly ring a bell (“The Sound of Mucus”, “The Dark Side of the Shroom”), while others will strike a chord with bigger metal fans (“Salters of Madness”, “Lettuce Prey”, “Slimewave Zero”). Lyrically, the songs follow traditional death metal lingo, with overly complex buildup that ultimately has no further meaning, combined with the dark comedy of the space slug story. With such lines as, ”Twisted maladous melodies which create and destroy /through a ritual of blood in a valley of doom /he assumes human form on an altar of shrooms”, the band gives off the impression that they can get a laugh from their audience, but they’ll simultaneously confuse the hell out of them in the process. The instrumental work is surprisingly good, with doomy, sludgy riffs being countered by aggressive drums and bass. The vocals are also varied, from mournful singing to menacing screams and growls. And most of all, the production job is excellent, allowing for all of the different components of the music to come together in a clear and concise way, without sounding overproduced. It clocks in at just over forty five minutes long, making it just long enough so it doesn’t abruptly stop or drag on past its welcome.

Ultimately, the biggest thing that works in the album’s favor is that as serious as the music may sound at times, the concept and lyrics always manage to lighten up the mood, in addition to making what would’ve already been an excellent album even more enjoyable. And as a free download on Bandcamp, there should be no excuse for extreme metal fans not to give this one a spin. Even if it doesn’t get too much of a laugh out of you, at the least it’s an interesting and intriguing take on a genre that hasn’t seen something new in years.



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JohnnyOnTheSpot
August 24th 2014


896 Comments


Good review as always, I'll definitely check this out. Pos

Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

ExplosiveOranges
August 24th 2014


2840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

http://slugdge.bandcamp.com/album/gastronomicon

Just realized a site called "invisibleoranges.com" reviewed this, lol. Anyways, 20 REVIEWS!!1!! Probably one of the shortest I've ever written. As always, feedback and criticism welcome.

Digging: Electric Wizard - Time to Die

emester
August 24th 2014


3567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

shit I was gonna review this D:

eh whatever. This beast needed a review regardless so close to a 4.5 for me pos'd

Digging: Krieg - Transient

R6Rider
August 24th 2014


4634 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is pretty sweet

Digging: Dodheimsgard - 666 International

ExplosiveOranges
August 24th 2014


2840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, fellas! Sorry emester, haha. Your soundoff was great, though.

emester
August 24th 2014


3567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

its aight, who knew that slugs could riff this hard

ExplosiveOranges
August 24th 2014


2840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Slugs are the sludgiest animals of all, so there isn't too much of a surprise there.

Amphoteric
August 24th 2014


1897 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This is probably my AOTY so far

Digging: Undergang - Indhentet af Dden

ExplosiveOranges
August 24th 2014


2840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Not a bad choice, my friend.

Hawks
August 24th 2014


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet review, album rules.

ExplosiveOranges
August 24th 2014


2840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, Hawks! Btw, nice dig.

Hawks
August 24th 2014


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No prob bro, and yeah my dig slays.

thelastsignal
August 24th 2014


1370 Comments


Nice work here man, pos'd. This sounds pretty awesome.

emester
August 24th 2014


3567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

TT may be my track of the year as of now or at least in the top 5

Hawks
August 24th 2014


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Anyone know if the debut is worth listening to? I mean I'm sure it is, but figured I'd ask.

ExplosiveOranges
August 24th 2014


2840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, Mark! I think Slimewave Zero is my favorite, but that might be because I used to be a huge Scar Symmetry fanboy.

emester
August 24th 2014


3567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Debuts great, but it dwarfs in comparison to this, making it a bit underwhelming if you start on here

Amphoteric
August 24th 2014


1897 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The debut is definitely worth listening to. It's not quite as good as this, but it's still good.

Hawks
August 24th 2014


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok cool I'll check it eventually. m/

emester
August 24th 2014


3567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

fuck it bumping this 2014 belongs to the mollusks



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