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"The Archives of Rotten Blues" CD

Diwphalanx Records

Genres: sludge metal, doom rock, stoner metal

Feb 14 - 20 2005

Oh man.  This is punishing stuff.  Greenmachine, known purveyors of quality Japanese sludge-metal, have released their third album through Diwphalanx Records - and boy is it a doozy.  They get the rock on and never let up.  The guitars are unrelenting, the percussion pounds like nothing else, and the vocals are predictably guttural.  This is one of the most brutal records in my collection, which is surprising given how fascinated I am by this genre.

"Black Summer" starts off the set in an appropriately destructive vein.  After a minute and a half of instrumental carnage, we're introduced to the scratchy yet glutinous vocals Greenmachine purvey.  The overall experience is pure aural bombardment; over the duration of scorchers like "Anima" and "Hammer and Burner," it's hard not to feel at least somewhat abused by the band.  Epic "Path Bloody Path" is what I consider to be The Archives' grand opus; after a brief introduction of tuneful guitar plucking, the band drops straight into mucky sludge, combining the quiet and innocent with the absolutely explosive.  Love this shit.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 9 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]