Cover The Sun
2001, Independent Release
Mudslinger, "Cover The Sun"
Welcome to Mudslinger and check your will to live at the door, because this is one doomy fucking album! Very slow, sludgy and heavy, so if you're into Eyehategod, Buzzoven, Sleep and, of course, Black Sabbath then you're in for a real treat here.
The vocals of Juan Urtega are kind of a mixture between the deep voice of Glen Benton and Bill Steer of Carcass, although there is also a mixture of Jeff Walker and Satyr on here too. The music behind these vocals is slothlike and relentlessy pounding The drumming of Ronn Pifer is far more intricate than you would expect on a doom album too, with all kinds of little things going on, as opposed to having his job just being to make sure the music doesnt go too fast. Its always nice to hear someone going all over the place, yet it's done in such a manner that it fits on a doom album, which is impressive. The guitar and bass of Dave Couch and Lars von Lowen respectively aren't the most distinctive thing I've ever heard, but they do a great job of framing the vocals and keeping the music reined in. Something of an oddity, as it's usually the drummer's job to keep the whole thing from spinning off into space, but to me it feels the guitar and bass do that more on here.
This is one of those albums that drops you to the floor under the weight of its own heaviness and refuses to let you off the ground until it is done pounding you into submission, slowly. The main thing that amazed me about this album is that while it is very slow and somewhat repetitive, it doesn't drag, which is always a challenge. Nice to hear a band that could meet it head on.