This was my face during every second this record was playing:



Seriously. I'm not always the biggest fan of music with the relatively low amount of dynamics and subtlety that Seven Sisters Of Sleep bring to the table, but I was floored by this record.

Every form of extreme metal and rock is presented here, casually weaving in and out of each other, forming an absolutely relentless wall of noise that is actually much more listenable than you may think. Buried under the sludgy fuzzed out guitar and overwhelmingly heavy drum work are some pretty memorable riffs and song structures. Real, true songs are presented here, rather than an attempt to beat the listener into submission with mindless downtuned bullshit. Some songs are actually far too short, which is a characteristic I don't often associate with music this caustic.

I don't think I've heard music this flat out bleak since the Amebix record I reviewed a while back. The melodies and speedy parts remind me of classic Pulling Teeth, and the rest is essentially an unholy mixture of Acid Bath, Eyehategod, Unsane, Lair Of The Minotaur, Fudge Tunnel, Carcass, and just about any other band who has made a living taking metal one step further into insanity. The vocals are the icing on the cake, not once settling below a headache inducing roar the entire time. Having seen these guys live, I can attest that it's the same on stage as well.

Of all the intense spots to pick out here, I would have to give the nod to "White Braid" as my favorite track. It begins with an incredibly catchy doom riff, almost like St. Vitus on crack, and slowly degrades into a palm muted low-E-string cacophony of utter destruction.

This will be out in March. Don't cheap out and download it. You know this will be worth hearing on vinyl.