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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, groovy, and heavy - What more could you want?, 8 Sep 2007
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S. Small "rivers_315" (Felixstowe) - See all my reviews
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The Abominable Iron Sloth - `The Abominable Iron Sloth'

Discs: 1
Label: Undergroove (UK)/Goodfellow (US)

I will open with a shocking statement - I don't particularly like sludge metal. Some of it can be okay, but a lot of it... Overlong, not as heavy as it thinks it is, and ultimately overly repetitive and dull. The Abominable Iron Sloth are here to put an end to crap sludge metal. The songs are short, (not so) sweet, and groovy and complex as hell. The perfect remedy!

The album clocks in at just about half an hour - With only one song pushing over 4 minutes, TAIS do not **** around. They'd rather just give you a straight-up beating with their low hitting nastiness. Despite how heavy this CD is though, it never loses it's sense of fun, which is evident in it's song titles (favourite: `Parasite Hilton And Other Flaws Inherent To Wealth') and lyrics (favourite: `When you're spoonfed bull**** from day one / You're not gonna know sugar when it finally comes'). It's groovy as hell too... Try not to nod your head to `Hats Made Of Veal...' or `The Family That Slays Together...'. Here's a track-by-track run down;

1. `Hats Made Of Veal And That New Car Scent' (3:15)
My personal introduction to the band, and an insanely groovy opener. Features some stunning breakdowns, but never fails to be both complex and insanely catchy.
9/10

2. `I'd Rather Die Than Fly' (2:51)
A smouldering ambient intro leads into a vicious scream and another funky riff. More of the same... But that's what's good about this album. It's a good thing to be the same as.
8/10

3. `I Am The Carcass' (2:32)
Not much more to say here either. Stick with this, seriously...
8/10

4. `A Hot Pink Shell Of My Former Self' (3:16)
This one begins with an insanely heavy, almost free-form jazz/noise alike intro and leads into one of the slower and darker songs on the CD. I've seen it often compared to Neurosis - Whilst I haven't really heard enough Neurosis to consider it particularly noticeable, I can understand the comparison.
8/10

5. `Parasite Hilton And Other Flaws Inherent To Wealth' (2:38)
The best song title leads into a relentlessly groovy riff-monster, with hilarious lyrics to boot (`Run slut, run' are the only ones listed in the booklet).
9/10

6. `A Distant Pond From The Rivers Of Human Limelight' (4:19)
The longest and most progressive song on here, this goes from standard TAIS grooves `n' screams, to the darker reaches of `A Hot Pink Shell...', to slow-building acoustic passages. Quality lyrics too. Nice.
9/10

7. `The Family That Slays Together Stays Together' (3:03)
My personal fave of the CD, this song is ridiculously complex in parts (the drumming and one particular riff pattern towards the end will have you scratching your head). Also features a vocal cameo from the singer of YOB/Middian (I actually had to check the liner notes to confirm this, but it is him). Awesome.
9/10

8. `Climax of A Nightmare' (2:43)
Another of the darker songs, this sounds almost like the title suggests...
8/10

9. `Sailing To The Edge Of The Earth' (2:08)
To close the album is this bizarre ambient piece. It's quite frankly odd as hell and sounds like nothing else, but is still groovy, and particularly complex with it's odd time signatures.
8/10

This album is hardly essential - There's no songs which will engage you emotionally, no timeless pieces of beauty, and no songs that will go down in the history books. Yet, I would strongly recommend it, even if you're not a fan of the genre. It's heavy, but still accessible, relentless, but not overbearing. And there's not a single bad song on there. It's just consistent, heavy and fun... And sometimes that's all good music needs.

Overall: 9/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy, catchy, and fun as hell, 14 Sep 2007
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S. Small "rivers_315" (Felixstowe) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Abominable Iron Sloth (Audio CD)
The Abominable Iron Sloth - `The Abominable Iron Sloth'

Discs: 1
Label: Undergroove (UK)/Goodfellow (US)

I will open with a shocking statement - I don't particularly like sludge metal. Some of it can be okay, but a lot of it... Overlong, not as heavy as it thinks it is, and ultimately overly repetitive and dull. The Abominable Iron Sloth are here to put an end to crap sludge metal. The songs are short, (not so) sweet, and groovy and complex as hell. The perfect remedy!

The album clocks in at just about half an hour - With only one song pushing over 4 minutes, TAIS do not **** around. They'd rather just give you a straight-up beating with their low hitting nastiness. Despite how heavy this CD is though, it never loses it's sense of fun, which is evident in it's song titles (favourite: `Parasite Hilton And Other Flaws Inherent To Wealth') and lyrics (favourite: `When you're spoonfed bull**** from day one / You're not gonna know sugar when it finally comes'). It's groovy as hell too... Try not to nod your head to `Hats Made Of Veal...' or `The Family That Slays Together...'. Here's a track-by-track run down;

1. `Hats Made Of Veal And That New Car Scent' (3:15)
My personal introduction to the band, and an insanely groovy opener. Features some stunning breakdowns, but never fails to be both complex and insanely catchy.
9/10

2. `I'd Rather Die Than Fly' (2:51)
A smouldering ambient intro leads into a vicious scream and another funky riff. More of the same... But that's what's good about this album. It's a good thing to be the same as.
8/10

3. `I Am The Carcass' (2:32)
Not much more to say here either. Stick with this, seriously...
8/10

4. `A Hot Pink Shell Of My Former Self' (3:16)
This one begins with an insanely heavy, almost free-form jazz/noise alike intro and leads into one of the slower and darker songs on the CD. I've seen it often compared to Neurosis - Whilst I haven't really heard enough Neurosis to consider it particularly noticeable, I can understand the comparison.
8/10

5. `Parasite Hilton And Other Flaws Inherent To Wealth' (2:38)
The best song title leads into a relentlessly groovy riff-monster, with hilarious lyrics to boot (`Run slut, run' are the only ones listed in the booklet).
9/10

6. `A Distant Pond From The Rivers Of Human Limelight' (4:19)
The longest and most progressive song on here, this goes from standard TAIS grooves `n' screams, to the darker reaches of `A Hot Pink Shell...', to slow-building acoustic passages. Quality lyrics too. Nice.
9/10

7. `The Family That Slays Together Stays Together' (3:03)
My personal fave of the CD, this song is ridiculously complex in parts (the drumming and one particular riff pattern towards the end will have you scratching your head). Also features a vocal cameo from the singer of YOB/Middian (I actually had to check the liner notes to confirm this, but it is him). Awesome.
9/10

8. `Climax of A Nightmare' (2:43)
Another of the darker songs, this sounds almost like the title suggests...
8/10

9. `Sailing To The Edge Of The Earth' (2:08)
To close the album is this bizarre ambient piece. It's quite frankly odd as hell and sounds like nothing else, but is still groovy, and particularly complex with it's odd time signatures.
8/10

This album is hardly essential - There's no songs which will engage you emotionally, no timeless pieces of beauty, and no songs that will go down in the history books. Yet, I would strongly recommend it, even if you're not a fan of the genre. It's heavy, but still accessible, relentless, but not overbearing. And there's not a single bad song on there. It's just consistent, heavy and fun... And sometimes that's all good music needs.

Overall: 9/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars phenominable...., 29 Jun 2006
This review is from: Abominable Iron Sloth (Audio CD)
I can't believe that I'm the first person to write a review for this album. AIS deserve popularity with the metal-junkie public.The album kicks off with "Hats made of veal and that new car scent", which you think sounds like a joke, but as soon as the pummeling, mid-paced riff melts your speakers you know this is seriously BIG. In the opener the band show they aren't afraid of using experimental rhythms and time signatures and discordant harmonies. However they aren't just doing this for the sake of it and the music still has an irresistable stomp to it. This is topped by the most anguished, liver vomiting vocals I have ever heard. The induvidual players obviously have stellar musicianship but it is in their ensembleplaying that they show their talent best. The listener can tell that the musicians know each other's styles inside out and the they really, well, work together. Every track is crushingly heavy and the pace isn't thrash metal, but AIS still manage to create contrast amongst their songs. "I am the carcass" and "climax of a nightmare" owe mainly to hardcore whereas "a hot pink shell of my former self" is utterly progressive, an emotional rise-and-fall, almost neurosis inspired song. There is also a (slightly) light hearted moment with "parasite hilton and other flaws inherent to wealth" with the repeated lyric Run Slut Run. Need I say more? I reccomend this album to anyone who likes stuff like meshuggah, will haven, neurosis and all hardcore if you have an open mind. I think the only flaw is that it is a little short - nine songs of average 3 and a half minutes each. But, to be honest when its this good i couldn't care less.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 26 Sep 2014
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M. A. Jones "zeroblackstar" (Chichester, UK) - See all my reviews
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F***ING BEAST.
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