Locktender are a band from Cleveland, Ohio that plays a mixture of sludge, grind, post rock and hardcore and this is a review of their 2013 album "Kafka" which was released by Replenish Records.
Drums range from slow to mid paced playing with no fast drumming or blast beats being present on this recording, while the bass playing has a very strong and powerful sound with heavy riffing that dominates throughout the recording.
Rhythm guitars range from slow to mid paced riffs that combine sludge, grind, hardcore and post rock together to create a sound of their own along with some soft and clean playing as well as some melody and there are no guitar solos or leads present on this recording, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized use finger picking and full chords to enhance the post rock elements of the album.
Vocals are mostly sludge/grind style screams and growls along with some hardcore style vocals as well as some clean singing post rock rock vocals, while the lyrics cover philosophical themes, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful, heavy, dark and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording with some of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion Locktender are a very great sounding hybrid of sludge, grind, post rock and hardcore and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Aphorism # 17" and "Aphorism # 63". RECOMMENDED BUY.