Navigate: main >> reviews
F U L L . R E V I E W S


Sludge!
Behavior Modification Theory
Type: CD
Company: Independent
Release: 1999
Genre: Heavy/Extreme
Reviewer: Frank Hill
Published: 12/10/2003
Music to trash your room to
I expected some serious, boring doom from Sludge! and was completely wrong. This one took me back a few years to when I used to go see bands at a place called "The Dungeon". The music was fast, energetic and the bands always had a pissed-off attitude.

This Sludge! CD is instrumentally about as raw as you can get. No heavy production and no bullshit; just music to trash your room to with some System of a Down quirkiness in the vocals. Call it metalcore, hardcore, hatecore or whatever; an in-depth review would be a disservice to the music because its not the kind of stuff you need to overanalyze. I would have liked to have had more music to see how they sound now though.

Bottom Line: Hardcore style with weird bits.

Best Song: Sour Meat

Note: The music may be raw, but these guys are way up on the merchandise side with some Sludgendise.
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.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

Note: Reviews are graded from 0-5, anything higher or not showing is from our old style. Scores, however, do not reveal the important features. The written review that accompanies the ratings is the best source of information regarding the music on our site. Reviewing is opinionated, not a qualitative science, so scores are personal to the reviewer and could reflect anything from being technically brilliant to gloriously cheesy fun.

Demos and independent releases get some slack since the bands are often spent broke supporting themselves and trying to improve. Major releases usually have big financial backing, so they may be judged by a heavier hand. All scores can be eventually adjusted up or down by comparison of subsequent releases by the same band. We attempt to keep biases out of reviews and be advocates of the consumer without the undo influence of any band, label, management, promoter, etc.

The best way to determine how much you may like certain music is to listen to it yourself.



ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: SLUDGE!
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
As A Man ThinkethSludge!
2002
Frank Hill2/2/2004
Behavior Modification TheorySludge!
1999
Frank Hill12/10/2003


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: SLUDGE!

No Summary reviews currently exist for them.


ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: SLUDGE!
INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE


YOU MAY ALSO LIKE THESE HEAVY/EXTREME STYLED RELEASES:


<< back >>






ERIC COMPTON PICKS
Albatross Overdrive
Albatross Overdrive
Loudness
2.0.1.2
Rage
The Devil Strikes Again
Cauldron
Burning Fortune
Dragonsfire
Metal Service

GREG WATSON PICKS
Violet Cold
Anomie
Not Blood Paint
Believing Is Believing
The Unguided
Lust and Loathing
Blynd
Punishment Unfolds
Nervosa
Victim Yourself

FRANK HILL PICKS
Five Finger Death Punch
The Way of the Fist
Monster Truck
Sittin' Heavy
Oceans of Night
Domain
Unleash the Archers
Time Stands Still
Madame Torment
Lost Girl in the City

DAVID LOVELESS PICKS
Wolves in the Throne Room
Black Cascade
Frosthardr
Varg
Marduk
Frontschwein
Saille
Gnosis
Sanctuary
Inception