Tuesday 20 December 2022

Slimelord - Insurmountable Peril

Labels: Self-Released/Dry Cough Records/Sewer Rot Records

Formats: Digital/Tape/CD

Release Date: 14 Apr 2022


1. Until We Feed Again

2. Death On The Bayou

In August Leeds death/doom band Slimelord announced that they were deservedly joining the 20 Buck Spin roster, which will be the home of their debut album in 2023. A few months prior to that  announcement, they left us with their most recent two-song EP Insurmountable Peril. It was digitally release by the band, as well as on both tape (via Dry Cough Records) and CD (via Sewer Rot Records). This will probably be my last review until after the Christmas weekend, though I'll hopefully have one/two more before the New Year rolls in.

After hearing Moss Contamination I was a little bit taken aback by the direction in which Slimelord was going, as their doom/death had become more eery and improv-like, and on listening to ‘Until We Feed Again’ I get the same feeling, although this song does sound more like an atmospheric opener with the use of sparse instrumentation and ambience. I guess you should come to expect the unexpected with Slimelord.

‘Death On The Bayou’ is where they hit their stride. The striding death metal that was so inspired on The Delta Death Sirens makes it’s comeback alongside lumbering doom and welcome melodic flourishes. In truth, the two songs that make up Insurmountable Peril fit perfectly alongside each other, as there is very much an avant-garde side to Slimelord that’s not immediately obvious. That thought may conjure up images of Cynic and Atheist, and at times that’s not far off, but the darkness protruding from this release is much more noticeable.

Their debut album is going to be highly anticipated and it remains to be seen if it’ll come in this direction for a review. Either way, Slimelord are flying the flag for UK death/doom and their 20 Buck Spin signing is no surprise. If you’re reading this and you aren’t familiar with the band, you have some time to catch up and three releases to get your lugs round in preparation.

You can buy Insurmountable Peril digitally from Slimelord below:-

Slimelord - https://www.facebook.com/horriblebog

Dry Cough Records has sold of it's run of tapes but you can still both cd and tape copies (1 tape left!) from Sewer Rot Records here - https://sewerrotrecords1.bandcamp.com/.

Dry Cough Records - https://www.facebook.com/DryCoughRecords

Sewer Rot Records - https://www.facebook.com/sewerrotrecords

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