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  WELSH TRIO TIDES OF SULFUR COME IN HEAVIER THAN A TON OF BRICKS WITH DEBUT ALBUM

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Welsh Death-Sludge power trio Tides Of Sulfur have appropriately released, on a label with a reputation for extreme heaviness, Black Bow Records, their debut full length 'Extinction Curse' and not just as first releases go but compared to many band's subsequent offerings, it's one hell of an album.

Categorising it as merely Death-Sludge Metal does not do this trio justice, their sound being so much more than such a narrow guideline but it's a starting point to give an idea of what you can expect, to which they also add elements of Primitive Doom, Crust, Grindcore, Death and Black Metal in ways which are unrestrained, seamless and surprising, the result is atmospheric, enjoyable and attention grabbing.

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The album consists of "seven tracks of nihilistic filth fuelled by a disdain of the greedy and morally corrupt, 21st-century human condition" and it's hard not to be impressed, opening with a sludgy doom rich, mega heavy groove on 'Eternal Bleeding' giving an immediate 'WOW' factor.

"That sludgy doom laden undercurrent and powerfully delivered well considered drum work are what ties all the tracks of the album together but it's all those unexpected elements that continue to impress on every track, the contrast of clean deep vocals or rasping gargles against simple riffing on '...Of Suffering And Grief' and 'Year Of Pigs', the sheer vocal range across all the tracks from cleans to growls and all in-between and the way Tides Of Sulfur slide into another genre effortlessly, my favourite being the addition of the blackened riffing at the close of 'Iron Fists Shall Rust'.

'Extinction Curse' was recorded and mixed by Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studio and mastered by Steve Austin.

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