Metal band from Columbus, Georgia had been playing shows over various locations around the American South, hoping to hype up potential fans for the release of their debut, Submit to Reality: out June 16. Their style is unique and nostalgic at the same, they cleverly combine many influences from sludge, doom, death, stoner and classic metal- bringing on the equivalent of something like the first attempt of pineapple on pizza- you either love it or hate it.
In my opinion, being able to expand your taste through just what one band has to offer is quite the musical accomplishment; I had never heard of sludge before, yet Giger’s elements of death metal are what led me into liking those elements of sludge. A good piece of art should open your mind to new sounds through ones that already sound familiar.
Submit to Reality starts off with the bulky, dark riff of “Rasputin”, not in any rush to build tension quite yet; it is, after all, a seven and a half minute song. This captivating riff dissipates quickly with its steady drumming into a cathartic silence, overtaken by a slow chugging basseline. This is truly when I notice tension building, yet I love that the song doesn’t want you to focus on it. It’s not like, “Oh here comes the generic breakdown/verse”- “Rasputin” feels like a legend that needs to be heard fully without listeners “skipping to the good part”.
Lead vocalist Avery Bradshaw delivers Joe Duplantier-like vocals, and the rhythm guitar often goes about a subtle djenting,reminiscent of Gojira as well. Some of the melodies may be digestible for those strict classic metal fans, especially with track “Misotheist”, which builds off a brighter tune, yet Bradshaw’s slight detuned vocals may turn some people off- but I thought it worked great; it really grew on me.
I think the slower pacing of the album as a whole is what made it “sludge”, but it wasn’t so slow that it bored me (coming from someone who doesn’t listen to doom metal, and really knows nothing about it). To me perfect pacing was achieved, but…follow these guys on Spotify and find out for yourself. What’s great about listening to up-and-coming bands is that you never know if they’ll make it big. When they do, you’ll be there to brag that you’ve been listening since the early days!