Sunday, April 20, 2014

Review: Hull - Legend of the Swamp Goat

The reverends of New York based sludge/post-hardcore band Hull are back with their first release since 2011 with their new single, Legend of the Swamp Goat. The single features one track that comes in at barely over the five minute mark; according to the band, this track was allegedly lost during the recording of their debut full-length album, Sole Lord, and has laid dormant ever since. The Swamp Goat is now ready to unleash it's fury on unexpecting ears, should you give in and bow down to the almighty goat?

Genre: Sludge Metal, Post-Hardcore
Label: Iron Orchestra Works
Release Date: February 14th, 2014
  1. Swamp Goat
Total Playtime: 05 minutes, 04 seconds





Rating: 7.0/10




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The reverends of New York based sludge/post-hardcore band Hull are back with their first release since 2011 with their new single, Legend of the Swamp Goat. The single features one track that comes in at barely over the five minute mark; according to the band, this track was allegedly lost during the recording of their debut full-length album, Sole Lord, and has laid dormant ever since. The Swamp Goat is now ready to unleash it's fury on unexpecting ears, should you give in and bow down to the almighty goat?

It's always hard to review a one-track single, usually it ends up breaking into a nitpicking dissection fest of an otherwise enjoyable song for any reviewer because there's not much material to evaluate; but fuck that, this is basically what you're going to hear. "Swamp Goat" is a moderately enjoyable Electric Wizard meets Orange Goblin meets Superjoint Ritual song that takes the best elements of all three bands; both groovy and chunky rhythm guitar sections, elevated solos, gritty singing and simplistic drumming. It takes on a rollercoaster of tempo and composure changes along its short duration but is overall not anymore stimulating or exciting than a regular song from the doom/sludge/stoner metal genres.

It's really the listener's choice on this one, the seven-inch vinyl retails on Hull's Bandcamp page for $6.00 USD plus shipping and comes in a variety of colors, with the Swamp Goat himself etched on the back of the vinyl. Some, myself included, may find the price to be quite steep for a little beyond five minutes of material but for hardcore fans of Hull they may find the price worth it. It's undetermined at this point if Legend of the Swamp Goat is a precursor to future endeavors by the band, but if it is then they're on a generic direction in terms of their respective genre. Buy it if you listen and love it, or take it for what it's worth and move on.

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