Lord Dying – “Poisoned Altars” (Relapse Records)
Currently wading through the sludge wastelands comes Portland’s Lord Dying, who look like they enjoy drinking cold beer while taking a hot shower! Like a younger version of sludge originators Crowbar, there’s plenty of dark heavy down tuned riffing played through slightly fuzzed guitars, along with Erik Olson’s hoarse vocal drawls that certainly draw comparisons to a younger Kirk Windstein. Where Lord Dying differ however, is in their incredible rawness probably influenced by Portland’s punk scene and where they lack in Crowbar’s asteroid heaviness, they more than make up for in a shredding sound with heaps of reverb pulsating through waves of unbridled energy on mid tempo songs like ‘Offering Pain’, ‘An Open Sore’ and the strangely titled ‘Suckling At The Teat Of A She-Beast’ – hmm, not sure if that’s supposed to scare or arouse me ha ha! Already onto their sophomore album in the space of 2 years in “Poisoned Altars”, this quartet have toured the US with Black Cobra, Red Fang, Ghost and Down, taking part in Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film Festival. Last year saw them invade Europe, playing the prestigious Roadburn Festival after supporting Red Fang and The Shrine before returning to the US to recruit new drummer Rob Shaffer of Dark Castle/Monarch before releasing this excellent album. Lord Dying are a big band who like to play loud with a big sound that is pure raw energy both crushing and shredding without mercy!