Slugdge
Dim and Slimeridden Kingdoms


4.5
superb

Review

by Scuro F. STAFF
September 26th, 2015 | 99 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: May Mollusca have mercy upon your soul.

Snail-worshipping death metal giants Slugdge have returned, emerging from the shell once again to threaten humanity and eardrums alike. Barely a year after releasing their highly-acclaimed Gastronomicon in mid 2014, it would be an understatement to say that these U.K. based musicians have released a worthy follow-up. Characterised by its crushing blend of black and death metal styles, as well as the aforementioned fixation on Gastropod overlords, Slugdge’s latest masterpiece is certainly worthy of attention and commendation.

Dim and Slimeridden Kingdoms sees Slugdge expand on the territories they explored through albums previous, maintaining their signature sound while experimenting with a more atmospheric approach, and the addition of electronically synthesised embellishments. Kicking things off is the eight and a half minute behemoth of a title track; this, the longest song in Slugdge catalogue, is handled spectacularly. Immediately the band introduce the album with an industrial-sounding electronic piece coupled with a foreboding, bass-y drone. The somewhat incongruous mixture creates a simultaneously upbeat and disconcerting feeling, foreshadowing the apocalyptic destruction to come and giving way to fast-paced riffing. It's almost impossible not to notice the exceptional production right off the bat. Every element of Slugdge's immense sound is distinct and crisp, and although their sonic quality is thick and sludgy by nature, this doesn't prevent clarity from prevailing. Throughout the album, the drumming remains punchy and rich, the bass guitar oozes and gurgles beneath, and the guitars slice through the centre. Atop this steady foundation punctuates three distinct vocal styles. This lends the band a welcome variety in delivery, something that most of their contemporaries can't hope to match. A combination of growling and black metal-esque screaming take the brunt of the duties, while clean vocals, in a style reminiscent of Enslaved’s Grutle Kjellson, smooth things over periodically.

The songs are on the long side, but this is a territory in which Slugdge are completely comfortable. Dim and Slimeridden Kingdoms never seems to drag or feel tiring, as Slugdge take advantage of every minute they take up. Lyrically, the content is simultaneously ridiculous and legitimately horrifying. Complex and intelligent phrases are juxtaposed with the placid and completely unthreatening snail imagery, but if these supposed otherworldly invaders were somewhat more sinister creatures, then perhaps the darkness of the imagery might elicit terror rather than mere intrigue. As it is, they serve as a vessel for some well thought out misanthropic phrases nonetheless. Another area where this album excels is on the songwriting front. From the Opeth-sounding melodic riffs on ‘Spore Ensemble’ to the speedy tremolo picking and palm-muted heaviness of ‘Suffering and Quahog’, variety is plentiful. Even ‘The Chapter for Transforming into a Slug’, with its bouncy electronic element and rhythm heavy style, is a downright headbanger.

Slugdge have once again managed to create a thoroughly satisfying album packed full of eye-stalk shaking riffs and fast-paced blackened death metal. Dim and Slimeridden Kingdoms serves as an excellent follow up to Gastronomicon, managing not just to live up to the high expectations that album set, but to surpass them.



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ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2015


11746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album can be downloaded here as a name your price: https://slugdge.bandcamp.com/album/dim-and-slimeridden-kingdoms



Thanks to AaronIsCrunchy for the summary which I stole from a comment he made to me (:

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Archelirion
September 26th 2015


5903 Comments


You beaut. Pos'd hard, and best summary ;] Great album too, haven't devoted as much time to it as I'd like to have done yet but the riffs here...

osmark86
September 26th 2015


9386 Comments


Oo yah pos

trvvve
September 26th 2015


528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

agreed, better than their last album

m/

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2015


11746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks guys.



@trvvve Yeah I wasn't expecting that going in but it's soooo good.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
September 26th 2015


6744 Comments


(edit: fixed)

- - - - -
if i had any criticism, i feel like this review could be a bit more lighthearted, given the band. maybe even combing through it and making some of your sentences a bit more casual would help. i'm a big fan of using strong diction to really highlight certain things, but when there's an opportunity to say something bluntly for the same effect, it's not a bad thing. that's actually something I'm trying to implement in my own writing a bit more

Dizchu
September 26th 2015


287 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Great review, great album. Nice to see Slugdge getting appreciation. After all the shiny, textureless technical death metal albums that have been coming out lately, it's nice to hear a band strike a good balance between filth and clarity.



Pos'd, of course.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2015


11746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Johnny - I'll fix those first two thanks man, as for the lightheartedness, I get what you're saying but to be honest I don't really feel like this band is that 'comical' or 'relaxed' except thematically, everything else is pretty straightforward. I'll try and tighten up some of my descriptions though.



@Dizchu - thanks, nice rating

ExplosiveOranges
September 26th 2015


4408 Comments


goddammit scuro, you beat me to it

TheSonomaDude
September 26th 2015


6875 Comments


Brutal slug metal

emester
September 26th 2015


8271 Comments


Weird how this did next to nothin for me :/ honestly really bummed out

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2015


11746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Explo sorry dude I had no idea, you should still post one though



@Emester give it another go man, it gets better after a few listens

Deez
September 26th 2015


5227 Comments


Yeah last Album was one of the recs of the year for me but first few listens passed me by on this one. Need to devote more time.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
September 27th 2015


6744 Comments


some of the edits look good. ftr i didn't mean make it "comical" but perhaps a bit less clinical. it's solid now, though

Lord(e)Po)))ts
September 27th 2015


47366 Comments


Snail-worshipping death metal giants Slugdge have returned


im so not down with this

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Lord(e)Po)))ts
September 27th 2015


47366 Comments


i trust u on this one

Hawks
September 27th 2015


73729 Comments


Last album was sweet, will check this hard.

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Calc
Contributing Reviewer
September 27th 2015


16359 Comments


"Gastropodic death metal that lurks in the cool, dark places of the earth...until night falls. You shall know them by the trail they leave behind."

so punny

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Essence
September 27th 2015


6308 Comments


damn tehse guys have another out already? crazy

Flugmorph
September 27th 2015


22059 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh year the wigger years

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