|Sludge, Stoner Metal
October 5th, 2010
Release length: 19:06
For the most part, the songs on here flow at a slower pace, and traditionally take a psychadelic Stoner Metal point of view into a Sludge Rock sound. This becomes apparent right off the bat with “Five to One”, which sounds a lot like something that could have been composed in the seventies Rock scene, complete with tamborines going off in the background, and atmospheric Stoner guitars played slowly and traditionally ringing off to aid in the psychadelic feeling of the songs. The vocals are just the traditional screaming, but the performance is fantastic, well paced, and layered with an echo effect to give it that exact trippy feeling necessary, while a deeper spoken word vocal approach is taken at times as well, mostly during the chorus, to make it that more effective. One of the best ways to look at this song would be as if The Beatles had been into metal and decided to record “Come Together” in their “Yellow Submarine” days.
Most of the album essentially follows this pattern, but it’s the track “Fearless” that really stands out. This slower paced song actually brings in a clean vocal performance instead of the screaming that accompanies “Five to One” and “California Dreamin'”, though it’s still present in the background. The music here is simply beautiful, enhanced by the psychadelic nature of the band’s performance. “Golden” is another track with clean sung vocals, actually omitting the screaming completely, but it lacks the beauty that “Fearless” had in it’s music. Instead, this track brings the band back to the general heaviness that started it off with “Five to One”. It also makes the album have a progressive vocal performance from start to finish, acting almost as a manner of anger management in a sense due to the band starting off with heavy music and screaming vocals, and gradually slowing down. Granted, “Golden” is a little heavier, the vocals are oddly relaxing against this brand of music, and that seems to be a hidden goal on the closing track. That is, until the ending kicks in where there are plenty of audio effects and samples thrown in that kind of amp the insenity up for the listener again.
In the long run, The One Amongst the Weed Fields really isn’t the newest take on Stoner Metal or even Sludge, but it’s a nice breath of a fresh air for the two styles either way. The EP runs the gambit of both beauty and intensity at times, bringing in a fantastic approach to Sludge that, throughout the EP, can be rather moving, as well as infuriating, but of course in a good way. The One Amongst the Weed Fields may only be four songs, but it’s nineteen minutes of solid music that will stay lodged on whatever listening medium or device your prefer, and is worth checking out if you’re a fan of the styles, or just a fan of Metal, even Rock, in general.
01. Five to One – 4:53
02. California Dreamin’ – 3:07
03. Fearless – 6:13
04. Golden – 4:53
|Overall Score: 5.5/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Candlelight Records.