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Band
Sludge!
Title
As A Man Thinketh
Type
LP/EP
Company
Independent
YOR
2002
Style
Heavy/Extreme
2/2/2004 - Review by: Frank Hill
Plenty of chances to start some good club pits
Since I'm not too familiar to the hardcore scene, Sludge! has a very unique sound that I've only heard from a few bands. They're quite similar to System of a Down with combined screaming and quirky vocal deliveries, but Sludge! music tends to fall more into the hardcore realm. "As A Man Thinketh" takes the energy and hate of 1999's "Behavior Modification Theory" to a higher musical level. The production is way better especially on the guitars and the hatecore is still intact.

To call them an SOAD rip-off wouldn't be entirely correct. Where SOAD is lyrically more obtuse and politically oriented, Sludge! is more first-person issue-related with its personal anger directed toward the personal status/situations of the vocal character. Also, the guitars tend to have more of a wall of noise than the staccato riffing of SOAD.

I'm not sure that Sludge! can expand their lyrics away from the self-directed frustrations to wider subject matter without compromising themselves musically. Hell, maybe they don't want to. Their fans should get plenty of chances to start some good club pits with this one.
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ALL REVIEWS FOR: SLUDGE!
TITLE
DOR
COMPANY
REVIEWER DATE MADE RATING
As A Man Thinketh
2002
Independent
Frank Hill2/2/2004
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Behavior Modification Theory
1999
Independent
Frank Hill12/10/2003
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