Share RECEIVING - Gruntbucket (Torn & Frayed)
I know some of you cannot tell the difference between punk and heavy metal. I can. The sleeve of this disc features a trio of gronks auditioning for a Uriah Heep album cover. The music can be best described as sludge metal though I am also tempted to use the word diarrhoea in there somewhere. The riffs have a similar consistency and invoke a response consistent with this diagnosis. I'm sure they'll tell you that they're jumping on the new Prog bandwagon. That should be warning enough.

After begging to learn the identity of Mr Intolerance, Colonel Steve (from the Men from Uncle) asked me why I review these albums I despise so much. Why don't I throw them into the nearest bin. Surely the world needs more landfill. Does the Barman force me to do it? Does he have my offspring locked in a basement with a gun placed to their head? No, gentle reader. I do this out of a sense of moral responsibility. Like poor old Kevin McCarthy in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", I am forced to stand shouting at the oncoming traffic. "They're already here!"

But I like to think that I am cruel but fair. If you like your vocals sounding vaguely castrated and your riffs sounding like badly played Black Sabbath at 16 rpm, this could be the disc you have been waiting for. If that is the case, I urge you to buy it. If, like me, you react badly to the sounds of the groovy circa 1973, you should avoid this like the bubonic plague. Punk started to get away from stuff like this.
- Bob Short

 

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