The Abominable Iron Sloth
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  • The Abominable Iron Sloth
  • Undergroove
  • 2006-04-11

The Abominable Iron Sloth is a great mythical beast, frozen in the ice age and thawed out many years later in the time of man, where it was revered as a deity and then in it’s new man-made armour, wreaked havoc with a massive campaign of slaughter. Holding this tale close to their hearts, The Abominable Iron Sloth is also a true doom band — huge, with slaying riffs and vicious vocals.

The band was formed by former Oddmen vocalist/guitarist Justin Godfrey and guitarist Cayle Hunter, the latter now a guitarist in the reformed Will Haven (having also formed a part of Ghostride). The rest of the band is filled-out with Hunter’s Will Haven contemporaries Mitch Wheeler, Mike Martin and Jeff Irwin. This self-titled album is the band’s debut and is classic doom in the groove-laden tradition of Sabbath and Iron Monkey, with a stripped-down Mastodon sound and Charger/Sourvein brutality.

“I Am The Carcass” offers more example of the band’s ability to lurch right into riffs that have hooked you right into the track almost before it’s begun.

Opener “Hats Made of Veal and That New Car Scent” tears in with a big riff, crunchingly heavy distortion signalling the start of the album’s doom noise assault. Third track “I Am The Carcass” offers more example of the band’s ability to lurch right into riffs that have hooked you right into the track almost before it’s begun. The album is rammed full of sludge, with simplistic, monolithic riff repetition, harsh vocals and the effective use of droning mid-range synths to fatten and darken sections of the music. Each track contains a riff as good as the one before and there’s not much beween them to make specific tracks particularly stand out, but in this instance we can turn to the song titles which offer such gems as “Parasite Hilton and Other Flaws Inherent to Wealth” and “A Hot Pink Shell Of My Former Self”.

This album breaks no boundaries, it doesn’t really push any too far and sometimes it gets a little lacking in its simplicity and similarity of riffage but its a downtuned beast that is sure to exite doom/metal fans. The classic sound carries it foward and, at only just over twenty-five minutes, though a short stab it can be an exhausting listen.

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