Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Album Review: BongCauldron -BongCauldron

**and1/2 out of *****
With a pretty craptastic name BongCauldron put fourth a strong set of sludgy stoner rock. Hailing from the UK this is the second release form the band and the 5 song self titled EP has some bad ass cover art to go along with the chaos on the disk.

Musically the band seems to weigh a ton with heavy drums and sludge guitars but manages to change up tempos multiple times on "Pissed Up" slamming the pedal down the relaxing into a heavy-as-all-hell groove. Vocals stay in the typical metal vein but actual lyrics can still be deciphered over the noise, sometimes that isn't always a good thing...the band must have been pretty stoned to start shouting at the "Tree Wizard" on the EP opener. 

"Vehemence" plays with tempos and a crushing double bass drum rolling right into a breakdown custom made for the pit but at 5:45 runs a bit long a common problem for this type of stoner fueled metal. Length comes into play again for the massive "Gimp Jig" but this feels more like a journey and stretching out helps paint that picture over bass rumbles, bends and curves, keeping things interesting.

Our issues with the bands name aside (and hey it is tough to get a good one) the metal contained here is dark, rough, grooving and slamming, perfect for long dark winter nights...or a session with your BongCauldron.
How about some Metal? Breaking up the Jazzy January a bit...Pretty solid stuff if you are into the heavy.

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