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.