Wednesday 25 November 2020

Consumer - Consumer EP

Labels: Boned Factory/Fresh Outbreak Records/Impeto Records/Mothership Records/Nut Records

Formats: CD/Digital

Release Date: 03 Apr 2020


1. Pray//Void

2. Witchslayer

3. Solicitous

Despite all that's going on right now in the world around me, I have a strange sense of calm and thanks to that I'm feeling much more compelled to write. This evening I bring you another band that featured on my 10th anniversary compilation and one that also happens to be on my ever growing list of releases to review. Italian blackened-sludge band Consumer started life in 2018, as a project featuring members of Fordomth, BuiOmega, One Day In Fukushima (amongst many others) but it wasn't until April this year that they finally released their self-titled, debut EP. A three-song cd that saw the coming together of five like-minded labels.

I’m in the mood for something heavier this evening and this EP is exactly that. Consumer plays some great bass-heavy sludge that’s grim but also groovy. Opener ‘Pray//Void’ has both lumbering slow percussion and blasting beats that co-exist perfectly, while the vocals are super-low in tone and the guitar work has a death metal slant at times. As you’d expect, the songs on Consumer are not short, so you definitely get your money’s worth.

‘Witchslayer’ is an even bigger and slower song than the one it follows, at least to start with. After the opening couple of minutes, Consumer go hard at it again with more blasting doom/sludge and a subtle sprinkling of psych too. There seems to be a good dose of this type of heavy music coming out of Italy right now and that’s a good thing in my opinion.

Now it’s onto ‘Solicitous’, which is the EP’s final song and the one that appeared on my comp. It’s definitely the fastest song here in terms of tempo and perfectly defines the unflinching sound that Consumer presents. The breakdowns here are ridiculously good and when things are slowed down, the music becomes so claustrophobic it could have been dreamt up by Meth Drinker (RIP).

If you’ve even got the slightest inclination to learn towards for music that’s dark, slow and heavy then Consumer’s brand of blackened sludge is perfect for you. 

You can stream, download and buy Consumer on cd below:-

Consumer -

You can also buy physical copies from the labels below:-

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Fresh Outbreak Records -

Impeto Records -

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