SLUDGEHAMMER To Play Loud As Hell 2019 w/ Goatwhore, Anciients, Cloven Hoof, Planet Eater and more!
New Album “Antechamber” Out Now!
L-R: Tyler Williams – Guitars, Josh Stephney – Vocals, Jeff Wilson – Guitars, Dan Ayers – Bass/Vocals, Fernando Villalobos- Drums
Photo Credit: Deborah Lawrence
Unleashing their new album “Antechamber” to destroy eardrums this past April, Toronto’s SLUDGEHAMMER announce they will be hitting the stage at this year’s LOUD AS HELL Fest (Aug 2 – 4) in Drumheller, AB alongside Goatwhore, Anciients, Cloven Hoof, Planet Eater, Untimely Demise, BornBroken, Arrival of Autumn, Legacy, VX36 and more. SLUDGEHAMMER are scheduled to perform on day 3 of the festival on Sunday, August 4th. Full details for LOUD AS HELL Fest can be found at www.loudashell.com.
Delivery heavy and groovy metal with astounding precision and the confidence of a world-class band, fans with an ear for Decapitated, Pantera, Lamb Of God, and Cannibal Corpse will dig into the slice of progressive melodic death brutality the band has to offer.
The band comments:
”Sludgehammer is beyond excited to be part of this year’s lineup at Loud As Hell. Last time we came out West we had an amazing time meeting all the like-minded metalheads and music fans out there. We’re ready again to bring our brand of Heavy Metal out West and we can’t wait to slay the stage with all the other talented bands at Loud As Hell 2019.”
Music Video – ‘Climatic Death’ – https://youtu.be/UnkIBsqGs3c
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Since the release, their first full-length album, The Fallen Sun, Sludgehammer from Toronto, Canada have been riding a wave of great reviews for the record as well as their live show.
Originally formed in 2013 by Jeff Wilson (guitar) and Fernando Villalobos (drums), Sludgehammer’s initial lineup came together with the addition of Daniel Ayers (vocals/bass) and Christopher Szarota (vocals). By the end of the year, they released a demo which gained considerable ground. 2014’s EP Organ Harvester introduced Dan Ayers as a co-vocalist, creating a unique sound that molded Sludgehammer into the heavy and groovy band it is today.
In 2016, the LP The Fallen Sun was released; fast and chunky it was well received by fans and the media. Unfortunately, after the release of that album, the band parted ways with Szarota and Josh Stephney was brought on board to complete the album cycle.
With the lineup finalized, Sludgehammer hit the road and laid waste to every stage they set foot on, showing their fans that they were now stronger than ever. After a few successful tours in support of The Fallen Sun, it was time to start writing the next record which will be the first to feature Stephney on vocals. Sludgehammer is preparing to show their maturity by unleashing a second monstrous album “Antechamber” in 2019.
“Demonstrates all aspects of brutal music” – Heavy New York
“Enjoy almost 50 minutes of top-of-the-line melodic, furious and electrifying Groove Metal, courtesy of five Canadian metallers armed with their amazing sophomore album.” – Antichrist Mag
“Sludgehammer doesn’t fit neatly into the traditional death or groove metal box, as its diverse elements sets it apart from its peers… hooky riffs, catchy choruses and a perfect clean/growled vocal combination… Sludgehammer possesses loads of potential. Highly recommended!” – Bravewords
“This is how gifted SLUDGEHAMMER as a band is, even with only a demo, EP and now LP under their belts. On their own, they’re a devastating DIY metal band. With a contract in-hand, they’re gonna become unstoppable.” – Blabbermouth
““Demons From the Woodwork”. It’s a jolting, high-octane, full-throttled romp that incorporates elements of thrash, death metal, and head-slugging groove — and it’s an infectious beast that Sludgehammer have unchained.” – No Clean Singing
“Sludgehammer have a great way of infusing groove into their sound. Not nearly enough of that in death metal these days” – CJSF – Metal Meltdown