Friday, June 3, 2011
Sun Splitter / Bridesmaid -"Split 7"" (2011) [Bastard Sloth Records]
Ohio's Bridesmaid, while equally as strange, fills the B-side of this 7", taking a little more of a conservative route (as opposed to Sun Splitter) towards doom. The instrumental "Vilkin' It For All It's Worth" is a groovy, tripped-out exercise in textural stoner doom. This is some thick music, like that mysterious gunk you might find under your shoe after walking through an industrial park (it's about that dirty, too). At first I actually thought that this was a guitar-less band, only to turn up my speakers and have my subwoofer rumble like it never has before. Yes, these guitars are tuned down so low that the bass is more of a rumbling than actually audible, and that is pretty damn cool. It's recorded live in the studio, it's raw, and it's a nice, more laid back and less intense counterpart to Sun Splitter.
Overall, I'd say this is a pretty awesome 7" that showcases two up-and-coming bands in the underground doom scene. Though I had already had my positive views on Sun Splitter, this further solidified them, and I'll definitely have to look more into Bridesmaid's material. If you ever get the chance to see Sun Splitter live (like I did just last night), I'd highly recommend attending. Order this release, and a handful of other neat-looking releases at Bastard Sloth Records's Bigcartel for a mere $5.