Pretty extreme round of dirt from Portland, Oregon natives Elitist. Pure sludge is usually not really my cup of joe, and you'll therefore not see me jumping up and down for joy
per se. But you will notice that this debut has triggered a decent rating
anyhow. The reason for this?
This is not just sludge (i.e. noise). This is also death metal
and a tinge of black metal, and therein lies the difference. To me, this is an
important difference, and one that makes it 'Fear in a Handful of Dust' worth
Although keeping the to-the-bones song style and screaming anguish of sludge,
there are elements of real songs throughout this album, and just enough of that
to keep someone like myself warm and in a less suicidal state than I find
normally find myself in when listening to pure sludgecore.
Still, it's a grim affair - no prisoners, no mercy and certainly music to throw
yourself from a cliff to.