22 May 2014

Lumbar - The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome

This is a review of a project that may only have one release; this sometimes happens in sludge and metal, you get bands that come together for one moment and may never tour, yet they leave behind an album that will either be some important that people will wish they would come back for more (see Shrinebuilder) or you just wish they never bothered in the first place (see Neurotic Outsiders).  Lumbar is the project of Aaron Edge of Brothers of The Sonic Cloth amongst others, Mike Scheidt from Yob and Tad Doyle from Tad, Brothers of The Sonic Cloth and Hog Molly.  If you know who these guys are, I have a feeling you either a) already own this album, b) have heard the album or c) you can hear it in your mind already.  For one of the most striking art works I have seen in recent times, I have to be honest that this album is one that I missed from 2013 but it was released quite late on; however let us get down to the album itself.

Opening with a disturbing and brilliant sample from an episode of The Twilight Zone called The Little People is "Day One", the sledge hammer of sludge is released onto the world with a reckless abandon and destruction; this is the power behind the band all brought in with big riffs, devilish noise and a tone that could be used to drill holes in a concrete wall.  "Day Two" starts with the rumbling bass and has brief noises in the background like fleeting shadows yet out of the line of vision, then hell comes to town with barbed verses to torment the weaker willed and to annihilation the world.  "Day Three" is a cloud of feedback, drone and screams, over far too soon for my personal tastes.  Lucky "Day Four" brings the terror and bone crushing noise back. Again the only problem here is that is it over far too soon.

"Day Five" is another atmospheric track, with white noise, background explosions and the feeling that something bad is going to happen at any second. That 'something bad' is "Day Six" and when I say back I mean good.  Opening with a sludge riff rolling over and over, the band drop the metaphoric bomb on the world around half way through and doesn't it do its job well.  Sounding like the bastardised offspring of early Black Sabbath and Boris, the band nails the sludge sound to the wall and makes it their own.  Ending the album is "Day Seven" and the band is not giving up the ghost easily. It starts a little weak compared to the rest of the album but the feedback towards the end is beautiful (for a certain point of view), making it the perfect ending to this all too brief album.

Just like the project, the album is far too brief.  I love the sound and energy that comes off the album, when you get that sort of talent for noise/sludge/drone in one room it is going to be explosive (just like Shrinebuilder); I can honestly say the only reason I want more is that I am slightly selfish at times when it comes to music.  Obviously I will have to say this may not be for everyone (I cannot see the shopping bag of a person buying this album also having the latest Beyonce or One Direction album as well), it is harsh, bitter, twisted and violent. But my deity when it flexes it muscle, it shakes the world.

8 out of ten - Oh, now you have my attention and maybe my money, time and heart

Top Track - Day One

You can purchase the vinyl (or there is an extra link for the MP3 version) of the album from Amazon here

You can purchase directly from the Bandcamp page here

Here is a link to the Facebook page here

Here is a link to the album on Spotify

Or if you’re a Deezer fan, you can listen to it here


  1. Though the review is awesome, you spelled one of the band member's names wrong... it's "Aaron" Edge. Right on!


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