Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Hawkbill- S/T EP (2017)

Hawkbill plays angry THC infused Sludge Doom from Kentucky. Think the swamp vapors and drunken shuffle of Eyehategod's Sludge meets the Whiskey Soaked southern charm of Weedeater's brand of Stoner Metal. It's got all the bells and whistles of a great Sludge release, bathed in feedback and fuzz from the strings, with hard hitting drums, and vocals/screams that are as hazy as the pot smoke that probably fills their practice space. Don't get me wrong there's a lot of anger and disdain in their music, and it's not all bong hits and spliffs. They're pissed off, with riffs that hit you like a bloodied fist square in the jaw, as it lurches forward in a drunken swagger. Hawkbill's strings manage to throw a lot of bluesy and soulful riffs in the mix, while hammering down a healthy dose of chugging as well. In conclusion, this is an excellent S/T EP and I'm kind of stunned I didn't find this sooner. Oh well, stay miserable my friends. Cheers! -Samir

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