Sludge! - As A Man Thinketh - 2002 - Reviewed by Nailer
1. Jerk Off 2. Happy To Be Ignorant 3. Shinsplint 4. The Royal Shaft 5. Fistwind 6. Chairkicker 7. Aftercrawl 8. Useless 9. Twisted Thoughts For Sweetie 10. Voice Drawn Taunt
Since I'm not too familiar to the hardcore scene, Sludge! has a very unique sound that I've only heard from a few bands. They're quite similar to System of a Down with combined screaming and quirky vocal deliveries, but Sludge! music tends to fall more into the hardcore rhelm. "As A Man Thinketh" takes the energy and hate of 1999's "Behavior Modification Theory" to a better musical level. The production is way better especially on the guitars and the hatecore is still intact.
To call them an SOAD rip-off wouldn't be entirely correct. Where SOAD is lyrically more obtuse and politically oriented, Sludge! is more first-person issue related with its personal anger directed toward the personal status/situations of the vocal character. Also, the guitars tend to have more of a wall of noise than the staccato riffing of SOAD.
I'm not sure that Sludge! can expand their lyrics away from the self-directed frustrations to wider subject matter without compromising themselves musically. Hell, maybe they don't want to. Their fans should get plenty of chances to start some good club pits with this one.
About this Writer: Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.
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