New Monolord Makes You Feel Like You’re Being Followed by Buzzards
Monolord have released a couple of heavy hitting and widely impressive records in the years since their inception, and the sludge/doom trio promise there’s more to come with the announcement of their new album, Rust. The title track is most certainly a sludge song, slow and powerful, like a receding glacier, owning the space it consumes with its barren atmosphere and droning sounds that beat on you like the sun, relentless and long in a searing, slow-cooked riff. Personally, I am not a fan of sludge, but this song is catchy, full, and attention-grabbing despite being relatively slow. I also find the spacey vocals to be hard to understand: they’re quite fuzzy, like the sonic equivalent of a blood stained blanket. However, they still communicate years of destitution and decay. The track also features John Gamino from Mondo Drag on keyboards, and a simply delectable guitar solo from Trevor Church of Beastmaster. I enjoy this song and look forward to what the rest of Rust has to offer.