9 January 2013
Raging Speedhorn - Raging Speedhorn
Time - just like gravity and the Conservative party in the UK - can be an unforgiving mistress. Somethings that were once the most loved items of your life can become junkie, some friends turn out to be sycophants, promises are broken and things are left in ruin. This was a request from a friend which I approach with some trepidation - it was an album that I was very fond of at one point, but have not listened to for year.
Coming out of Corby in the UK, Raging Speedhorn come from a long line of sludge bands and with their twined vocal approach, pounding bass and mud guitars and driving drums they seemed once to be destined for great things and were courted by all the major rock/metal publications at the time. This album was their debut and after successful tours up and down the country and appearing on festivals it seemed that all their work was paying off.
Now, the inner child in me still loves songs like "Super Scud", "Redweed" & "Random Acts of Violence". They still have that wonderful groove which is only freely available in Sabbath worshipping metal (this is a scientifically proven fact by me - results are under lock and key). But as I stated at the very beginning of this, time can be an unforgiving mistress. There are two very big elephants in the room in the form of the two singles which were released of this album - "Thumper" & "The Gush" (the later being added after the original press of the album). Neither sit well on the album and seem slightly out of shape for the rest of the work. Also, the production has not dated too well and truly is living up to the sludge name, but maybe that wrong side of muddy.
For fans of sludge music, if you have not heard of these guys before then it is a decent place to start. To be honest after this one and the second album, it all went south anyway. Maybe they peaked too soon, were given too much press, or whatever. The saddest thing I find about the whole thing is that my love of the album has changed, it is not as brutal as it once was to these ears. Other bands (some of which include members of Speedhorn) took it further and played it better. Not a bad record, just not as great as it once was. Time, you are a bitch.
5 out of ten - Standard stuff that is right in the heart of the comfort zone
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