May 23, 2012

((Thorlock)) - S/T

Review by Natalie Zina Walschots. Originally published here by Exclaim.

This is the debut, self-titled album from ((Thorlock)), who hail from Cape Girardeau, MO. Another band that produced and released their record, ((Thorlock)) was then picked up by upstart indie label Handshake Inc. for a more comprehensive re-release and promo campaign. There's a little Weedeater influence heard in the spare, thumping drums and buzz-y, reverb-heavy guitar tone, especially in the circular structured "Mississippi Wheelwash." ((Thorlock)), however, are sharper than a lot of their tar-thick compatriots; they have created a Southern rock sludge monster with a skeleton of barbed wire. This is particularly clear on "Triceratops" ― there's sharpness to their vocal performance, the occasional bright whip-crack of a crash cymbal that keeps you on your toes and prevents the listener from falling into a La Brea Tar Pits sludge coma. This can't be classified as stoner rock because of this bright quality; ((Thorlock)) keep their wits honed to a sharp edge. If you're looking to swallow some doom with the occasional razor blade amidst the thick, congealing feedback, this album is a fine auditory meal.

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