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Seven Sisters of Sleep, Ezekiel’s Hags (Relapse Records)
CD Reviews: March 10, 2016

03/10/16
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Seven Sisters of Sleep, Ezekiel’s Hags (Relapse Records)

Fans of massively heavy sludge-meister bands like Eyehategod and Crowbar are feeling lucky these days, and here’s more good news for them, a graduation event of sorts, with this SoCal quintet joining the Relapse Records stable after spending six years releasing stuff through A389 and Southern Lord Records, among others (not to diss Southern Lord, but if any metal label has its act together, it’s Relapse — local bands take note). “Jones” initiates the festivities in roots-punk-metal fashion, ultra-spazzy drums leading the way into something best described as Dillinger Escape Plan covering a Ministry speed-blaster without stopping for air. “Denounce” is more to the sludgy point, though, Hugh Blake applying a violin bow to his bass for atmospheric effect as introduction to a grit-blasted doom-core romp featuring Tim McAlary’s screamo-vs-poop-monster vocals. If your teenager could sound like this when you demand he take out the garbage, you’d never ask again.





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