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Pillars of Ash
Heavy and sludgy
I'm showing my age when genres like 'Swamp Metal' are completely lost on me. I'm not even sure what that means. Regardless, Black Tusk are deemed just that by industry and fans. 'Swamp Metal' or not, it's heavy and sludgy and seems to incorporate that beer belly swell of New Orleans circa mid-90's. I can hear everything from Crowbar to Eye Hate God, all wrapped up in shouting vocal verses, heavy distortion and a frantic pace. If had to listen...it would be charger 'Born of Strife' with its bottom-heavy swinging grooves that are built on Motorhead's penchant for blues-soaked chords.
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