Slagduster – Deadweight

I have heard a lot of original monikers for bands in my time, but Slagduster is one of the most original (it’s the name of a piece of mine machinery from over a century ago). This four-piece from Grand Forks, B.C., plays progressive metal in the vein of Gojira, Voivod, Sikth, Meshuggah, Dillinger Escape Plan, and Between The Buried And Me. There is a growing audience for this kind of music, and Slagduster do it well. Their music also has a pleasing groove to it, which I think will open them up to a wider audience. Interestingly, their almost jazzy time changes brought to mind Watchtower. These songs are well crafted and played, and will appeal to fans of the above bands.

(Waterlow Audio Records)

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Steve Earles

Steve Earles is author and co-author of numerous projects, including To End All Wars: The WWI Graphic Anthology, available summer 2014 (http://toendallwarscomic.wordpress.com/writers/).