Yellowtooth – Crushed by the Wheels of Progress

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Yellowtooth, an Indiana sludge/doom trio, had their 2012 debut with Disgust. It was a decent platter of lo-fi filth, with down-tuned riffage and rough hewn production that brought Winter’s Into Darkness to mind.  With that said, I’m intent to see how they’ve progressed in the three years since.

I was somewhat surprised to hear a Crowbaresque mid-paced sludge attack off the bat in “Meet Mr. Mossberg.”  The album has a cleaner, brighter sound, much more akin to the last couple Crowbar records, where the deep-throated bellows echo above some meatier grooves. “Climbing the Mountain” meshes stoner-rock riffs with gritty grooves, coming off kinda like Pantera fronted by Chris Barnes.  This dude’s definitely got the Cookie Monster vocals down pat.

That said, seven-and-a-half-minute “Season’s End” sounds more like Down, complete with Anselmo-style yarling.  And the nearly-nine-minute title track is much more similar to the dropped-down death-doom of the debut—so they haven’t completely progressed past that point. (That isn’t a bad thing, BTW.)

(Orchestrated Misery Recordings)

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Gruesome Greg

Seahawks/Stamps/Flames/Zags/Jays/Raptors fan and lifelong metal head with a beer gut and a self-deprecating sense of humour. Reviewer/blogger (Yon Senior Doomsayer) for Hellbound.ca.

7.0 Rating