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Wizard's Beard : Pure Filth

With Wizard's Beard's first offering, you'll get one massively sick and dirty Sludge/Doom EP.

Well, for once here's the name of a record album that is the perfect description of what you'll find inside. Behind a cover art that would nicely suit the many Horror/Doom bands that keep on coming out of the US lately, you'll get one massively sick and dirty Sludge/Doom EP. This is swampy, reeking of decay and putrefying bodies drowned in a Louisiana bayou, and filled with more hatred than you could find at a KKK congregation when hearing about the election of Obama. But those guys aren't from the Bible Belt, oh no... actually, they're English.

Now, when you think about English Sludge, you always get stuck between the shoggoths from Southampton and the punks from Nottingham. And that's what makes Wizard's Beard so great: they never sound like Moss or Iron Monkey. No, they clearly dwell in the southern US style, and don't hesitate to bring some Blues, or even some Country influences into their music. Their sound is much rawer and much more savage than what most ‘modern’ Sludge bands can come up with. The riffs are abrasive yet bring some very catchy parts to the songs, while the vocals are... well, sludgy: insane shrieks coupled with abysmal growls and redneck shouts that make you want to hide your head, just in case that double barrel they’re playing with would be loaded...

The opener 'Paint The Skies' will surely be the cause of one massive hard-on by any horny Sludge fan, and while there are good in their own right, the other songs are clearly over-shadowed by this track. Still, there's hardly a minute of music wasted on this record, with every other song featured here being close to what can be called a classic in the genre. And if it wasn't for the fact that this EP is very short, it would rank higher in my personal top. UK Sludge has given birth to one more musical monstrosity, and it's a shameful pleasure to let it tear you apart. Just do like those girls on the cover, and go kiss the beard of the old wizard: Wizard's Beard have proved that they mean big business, and I'm drooling in anticipation for their first full-length.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1 - Paint The Skies
2 - Hemorrhage
3 - Parasite
4 - Wizard's Beard
5 - The Albatross

Duration : Approx. 32 minutes

Visit the Wizard's Beard bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-04-03 by Laurent Lignon
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