Sunday, December 10, 2017

Heaviest Metallist 10 - Slomatics III

(in which a lapsed metalhead seeks the heaviest metal song ever - recommendations are welcome)

Under Canopy

Here's an experiment you can try at home. Take one of them electrical guitars that are all the rage these days. Connect it up to a jet engine. Connect the jet engine to a wall of amplifiers. Turn everything on full tilt. I haven't actually tried it but I'm pretty sure the result would sound something like Under Canopy.

They're doing the Lord's work, those Slomatics boys. I've included them three times in the first ten installments of this feature but there's a good reason for that. They're really, really heavy.

I might have said this before but it bears repeating. Slomatics seemed to abide by the essential truth that heavy metal stripped to its most basic essence is the riff. Yes, there are lyrics, but damned if I can understand a word of them with the vocals being buried so deeply in the mix. I'm fine with that, just as I'm fine with a relative dearth of guitar solos and noodling, synthesizers, acoustic guitars, zithers, tubas and whatever. While it seems that the group has incorporated a few more so-called progressive elements as time goes on, those killer riffs just keep on coming, with everything else merely serving as ornamentation.