The Abominable Iron Sloth -“The Id Will Overcome”, 2010
After days of rain it becomes difficult to stand let alone walk on fields that were covered grass. If you’re wearing thick rubber boots, they squelch underfoot and if the deluge of rain has been particularly heavy, there’s a guarantee that the boots will entrenched in thick mud, making the simple everyday task of walking difficult. Your walking pace will be much slower than normal and it might be tempting to scream as you sink down deeper with each step.
The Abominable Iron Sloth are not only familiar with these feelings but force them back upon an often hating and unsuspecting world. A fight against an overwhelming sinking is conveyed through the screeching rat vocals and Sabbath styled downtuned guitar. Doomy drums and sludgy guitar muck are churned in a punkish concrete mixer. Through the dirt, clean vocals do make a hasty appearance on “Big Iron Door” and the title track but their brevity ensures they don’t distract from the overall filth-encrusted listening experience.
Throughout the album, wrecking ball heaviness almost never lets up or down for that matter. An unfortunate part is that one of these things is not like the others, the aptly titled “Herodox Non-conformists” is droney and just too damned long clocking in at just under the fourteen-minute mark. The product of a Sunno))) fan’s wet dream is an unfortunate square peg. The other songs won’t sap time off your lifespan as they got the business done quickly as it should be, in around two and a half minutes. Whilst Justin Godfrey’s vocals have little in the way of variety, they just add to fact that there’s a sandpaper on skin raw abrasiveness almost throughout the music on the disc that should cause the band to lift their heads high. Now if you excuse me, I have an itch to scratch until it bleeds.