Released: 2001, Lord Slog Records
It seems that every few months I’ll receive a CD that I just can’t seem to get my mind around. It’ll be a disc that forces me to reevaluate my concepts of a given genre. Well, for this month, Mudslinger is that disc. It’s not that Mudslinger is overly different or blindingly “new” in a sense, but COVER THE SUN is certainly an excellent, interesting CD.
Taking a strong base of Suffocation and the New York “I” bands (that’s Incantation and Immolation folks!) Mudslinger then mixes liberally with an interesting spice of melodic sludge. Slow, did I mention slow? This is pounding death metal that rarely moves faster than a snail’s pace.
“Dust” is the microcosm of everything that Mudslinger is about: slow, punishing riffage, killer rhythm section, and hellish unintelligible vocals. Death fanatics will be in heaven (or is that hell?). The rest of the 30 minutes of the disc follow much the same formula, but not a single minute is dull or wasted.
About the only problem I can hear with Mudslinger is that they wear their influences a little too proudly. I mean, we all know for example that Immolation is a great band, but lets just leave it at that. No need to have another band like ‘em. Still, this is a minor complaint about an otherwise fantastic death metal disc.