Sunday, October 27, 2013

Lions Of Tsavo/Traverser/Toxic Assets/2013 CD Review

  Lions of Tsavo  are  a  band  from  Austin,  Texas  that  plays  a  very heavy form  of  sludge/doom metal and  this  is  a  review of  their  2013  album  "Traverser"  which  was  released  by  Toxic  Assets.

 "Circuitous"  begins with  some  sound  effects  and  clean  guitar  playing  before  adding  in some  aggressive  spoken  word  parts along  with  some  more  distorted  sounding  riffing.before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.

  "Tunnel  Giant"  begins  with  some  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  drums  along  with  some  aggressive  vocals  that utilize  some  melody  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  riffing  and  the  song  also  utilizes some  noise  rock  influences.

   "Bestial  Heavens" begins  with  some  avant  garde  sound  effects  which  leads  up  to  some  heavy  guitar  riffing  and  drums  along  with  some melodic  vocals  and  after  awhile  they  start  utilizing  some  growls  and  screams and  later  on  the  guitar  riffing  starts  utilizing  some  melody.

  'Berlahars"  begins  with  some  melodic  guitar  and  bass  riffing  along  with  some drums  which  then  leads  up  to  some  clean  singing  vocals  that  also  utilize  some  growls  and  screams  and  then  the  guitar riffing goes  into  a  heavier  direction.

  "Circuital"  begins  with  some  distorted  melodic  guitar riffing  that  starts  getting  a  lot  heavier  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  some  drums  and  then  some  powerful  bass  guitars  and  melodic  guitar  leads  start to kick  in  and  the  song  is  all  instrumental.

  "Chemotrophs" begins  with  some  drum  beats  before  adding  in  some  heavy guitar  and  bass  riffs  and  after  awhile  the riffing  starts  utilizing  some  melody  before  the  screams  and  melodic  vocals  start  kicking  in  and  halfway  through  the song  there  is  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  along  with  some  guitar  leads  in  certain  sections  of  the  song  and  the  last  minute  of  the  track  is  all  distorted  drone  sounds.

  "Traverser  Of  Gurrin'  begins with  some  sound  effects  before  adding  in  some melodic  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums and  then  the  music  starts  getting  a  lot  heavier  along  with  some  growls  and  screams.

  'Permafrost"  begins  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffing  which  leads  up  to  some  drums  and  the  music  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  then  the  clean  singing  vocals  start  to  kick  in  before  adding  in  some  screams  and  growls  and  towards  the end  there  is  a  brief  use  of  guitar  leads  being  utilized.

  "Hibernation" begins  with  some  acoustic  guitar  playing  and  then  the bass  guitars  and  drums  kick  in  along  with  some heavier  guitar riffing  which  also  leads  up  to  a  brief  use  of  leads  and  solos  and  then  the  melodic  vocals  start  kicking  in  along  with  some  more  aggressive  elements  and  the  song  closes  with  some  sound  effects.

  "Sea of  Crises"  begins  with  some  sound  effects  and  synths  before  adding  in  some  clean  guitars  along  with  some  drums  and  bass  guitars  and  then  clean  singing  vocals  start  to  come  in  before  going  into  growls  and  screams  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  riffing  and  towards  the  end  the  music  speeds  up  a  bit  along  with  some  blast beats.

  "Negentrophy"  begins  with  some  melodic  guitar  riffing  that  start  getting  heavier  and  the  song  is  all  instrumental.

  Song  lyrics  cover  apocalyptic  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  to  it.

  In my  opinion  Lions  Of  Tsava  are  a  very  great sounding sludge/doom metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Circuitous"  Bestial  Heavens"  "Permafrost"  and  "Sea of  Crises".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.      


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