It’s been a while since Black Tusk’s EP Tend No Wounds graced the paged of A Metal State of Mind. Somehow, I missed the 2014 EP, Vulture’s Eyes; it’s impossible to catch everything, right? At least someone back me up on that. So, here we are with Pillars of Ash, the first full album release since 2011. Was it worth the wait? Well, if you are into sludgy, hardcore-infused metal, then my short answer is yes. Despite coming in at just 35 minutes, the album packs a punch that I am sure will be inspiring a frenzy of circle pits or at the very least, a few thrown chairs.
I’m not the type of person who often remembers their dreams. However, I do remember a few. One of them was from when I was a teenager or something. Probably after watching The Blob or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I had this dream where I was trapped in a dank sewer trudging through the sludgy sewage while Charon floated in his boat behind me and whacked me with his oars. Listening to Empress/Abscess by Immortal Bird reminds me of that dream. It’s dark, sludgy, and smacks you around. Elements of black metal and thrash round out this roughly 30 minute romp. The artwork is pretty rad too.
Check it out, share with you buddies, toss some couch change at the band, and let us know what you thunk. Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!
Release Date: 27 Jan 2015 (US); 23 & 26 Jan 2015 EU and World
Length: 37 Minutes
Genre: Sludge / Doom / Metal!
Sounds Like: Crowbar / Mastodon / High On Fire / Red Fang / Black Tusk
Location: Portland, OR USA Read the rest of this entry →
By now you may have seen our individual end-of-year best albums. If not, our main page is littered with individual lists of what rocked our worlds this year. Please, check it out. For those who stopped by, you probably noticed that we at Metal State have varied taste in metal. Only a few albums made it across multiple annual lists. Having said that, another list is about to get thrown into the mix; a first for this website.
Throughout the year we put together collective reviews we coined as “roundtable” reviews. With all four reviewers providing comments on these reviews, we present to you our Top 15, strictly by the numbers. It is worth noting that some of our roundtable reviews sometimes only include three of four reviewers. To be fair, we left those albums off this list. This Top 15 reflects only those albums where all of us could provide comments. Read the rest of this entry →
Album: Storm. This is their debut
Release Date: 3 Sep 14
Genre: Stoner / Hard Rock
Length: 44 Minutes
FFO: Kyuss, Bong Cauldron, Gringo, Vista Chino Read the rest of this entry →
Label: Pelagic Records
Release Date: Sept. 15th, 2014
Studio Albums: Exit Eden (2011), Iron Chest (2012)
Location: Berlin, Germany
Unfortunately, no real interesting videos go released this week. Just ones with the band playing in a basement, abandoned warehouse, forest, etc. And you all know how much I love those. Silver lining being, I get to dig a bit back for stuff I overlooked throughout the year. Here’s one video and record I criminally overlooked until recently. So, hail Crom and check out the nightmarish visuals with a crushing sludge doom soundtrack. Also, check out the record, Blood Eagle; absolutely shattering stuff. Enjoy!!!
Album: Take Over and Destroy – Vacant Face
Label: Comfort Point
Release Date: August 19th, 2014
Length: 47 minutes
Genre: Death ‘n Roll/Sludge
Location: AZ, USA
Release Date: 19 Jun 2014
Length: 14 Minutes
Genre: Stoner Rock
Studio Albums: N/A
Location: United Kingdom Read the rest of this entry →
Release Date: 30 May 2014
Time: 39 Minutes
Studio Albums: 2011 – Super Van Vacation
For fans of: Kyuss, Monster Magnet, Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer Read the rest of this entry →