Written by: Volt Thrower
Being born into a bible bashing religious cult/family is a traumatizing experience for a curious child. Something I've only started to fully grasp after countless hours and thousands of dollars in therapy. So when I saw the press release for a Bible Basher record featuring Tich of Temple of Coke, Joe E. Allen of Kurokuma and the doom doc featuring the UK underground, plus members of Archelon and Spaztik Munke, I knew I had to have it. I purchased a cassette copy instantly, I don't even own a tape player but I guess I'm on the lookout for one now.
Scathing, sacrilegious, supergroup sludge from Sheffield, UK, is exactly what the doctor ordered for this 2020 hellscape. “Words from the bible, riffs from hell.”
That tagline is proven magnificently true with the opening of lead single "So Samson Sang." With a sample from some inheritance thieving evangelist, I mean, why look after your family when you could help buy Kenneth Copeland an extra private jet right? “...Hell is real!” Yes it is, THIS is the bad place! An absolutely thunderous, glacier melting riff provides the backdrop for the tale of the Nazirite serial killer judge and executioner folk hero. So, basically a cop. Hammering one riff, and growling pretty much one vocal line to perfection for five minutes about how he slaughtered thousands of people with the jawbone of a donkey. Nice. Real nice guy. Really good song though. Some dissonant sounding strings segue into the slamming death-doom of "Plagued."
Some of my earliest, most vivid memories are the nightmares brought forth by the ten plagues of Egypt in the book of Exodus. As the first born son for one side of the family, I wasn't allowed to play Pokemon, but graphic re-tellings of mass infanticide of kids like myself was a-ok! Those feelings are represented with a devastating sonic beauty in "Plagued." From the scorching listing of said plagues to the titular line of loud wailing across Egypt *Leo pointing with beer and dart.gif*, this is a death-sludge masterpiece that could've--and, I'll even say--should've been dragged out a bit longer it's so good. Some middle eastern vibes are introduced through what I'm assuming is a Pungi or something similar, to allow a second to breathe, before slamming into the next track.
One of the most fucked up fables of the famous book is the twisted tale of Job, who I have to assume is the inspiration for the track "Burning and Blackened." Imagine gaslighting and mentally and physically torturing your best and most loyal friend to prove a point to some dickhead. Couldn't be me. This is an absolutely cavernous track, with smatterings of those middle eastern vibes to bring some light to the otherwise suffocating doom and bellows. The way they tie everything back together with the riddles Samson uses at his wedding as the lyrics in closer "Sodom and Gomorrah," is just perfection. Those two wicked cities, where homosexuals were accepted, and the people had free choice over their religion and bodies. Nope, can't have that, kill it with fire. The band kills it here with fiery sludge indeed.
Bible Basher leave a trail of scorched earth and souls in under twenty minutes. I wish it were longer, but it might just be capped at the perfect length of assault for the average listener. I'm obviously completely biased, and practically their ideal target listener, but the combination of sonic heft and lyrical mockery of an underrated underminer of our society makes Loud Wailing the top EP of 2020 so far.
Bible Basher - Loud Wailing will be released this Friday, June 26th, from Sludgelord Records. Get yer tapeshere!
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