Jan. 31, 2019


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The Pitch: Kingston, UK sludge/sludgcore brigade Mastiff personify the Great Molasses Flood with their first full length via APF Records. FFO: Northless, Vermin Womb, All Pigs Must Die

What I Like: This album sounds like someone just opened the floodgates to a massive river a s#!t. Ever heard of the Boston Molasses Disaster? In 1919 a molasses tank in the North End burst at high temperature, killing 21 people and causing serious damage to the surrounding area. I can think of no more appropriate visual to accompany the music of Plague. It's a slow, rumbling wave of unstoppable carnage that maims without warning. Mastiff leave the listener bruised and broken, unsure of what even put them on the ground to begin with. They can be as patient and methodical as Primitive Man or full speed grinding ahead like Nails. Either way, good luck getting out of the way. Walls of sludgy distortion, noisy feedback, and throat-shredding death howls signal your end in a pool of viscous, black fluid.

Critiques: Some of the pure sludge tracks feel a little repetetive and generic. At 9 minutes, "Black Death" especialy overstays its welcome with its simplistic structure. Then again, I'm not a big fan of doom. Maybe you'll feel different.

The Verdict: Pummeling and quite filthy, Plague knows it's audience... and has no qualms with massacing every last one of them. Mastiff are a destructive force to be reckoned with. Get a taste below.

Flight's Fav's: Hellcircle, Vermin, Torture

- Review by FlightOfIcarus

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