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Weedeater – Goliathan – Album Review

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Season of Mist
Release Date: 18 May 2015
Review by Matt Bolton

North Carolina Sludge trio Weedeater deliver the goods yet again with fifth album ‘Goliathan’. Kicking things off with ‘Processional’, which is just that, a Southern procession. It builds up to epic title track ‘Goliathan’. The sludge legends don’t hold back with Dave “Shep” Shepherd delivering some dirty pulverising riffs and Travis “T-Boogie” Owen belting away on the kit from the get-go. This is real mans’ music and as soon as “Dixie” Dave Collins spits out his throaty vocals the band take hold. This is sludge in its finest form. Weed metal in fact.

Dixie provides a nice bass groove and soon T-Boogie grooves along with Shep giving a stomping riff that will have your head banging in no time on ‘Cain Enabler’. The southern sludge groove doesn’t stop there with next track ‘Bow down’ with Dixie urging, “Bow down to me. Come from the hollow. .. You all will bleed…. Your house is weak. Come march with me”. Sheps’ riffs remind me of Kyuss in this song.

A bit of a southern hillbilly ditty titled ‘Battered and Fried’ adds some humour to the mix with the use of the harmonica and banjo. My favourite song on the album is ‘Claw of the Sloth’ as Shep is never short of a dirty fat riff. Dixie grooves along on the bass to some phenomenal playing by T-Boogie. Weedeater thrash out on ‘Bully’ and end with a stomping groove. ‘Joseph (All Talk)’ is another favourite and Shep packs a punch with that riff that leaves a mighty stomp.

I suggest if you are new to Weedeater to check out their back catalogue as the band do not disappoint. They are a new discovered band to me. I only came across them as fellow Oz grinders King Parrot are supporting the band on their North American Tour. Highly recommended to fans of Eyehategod, Melvins, Sleep and Sludge in general. Bow down to Weedeater.




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