The Great Sabbatini are a band from Canada that plays a very progressive form of sludge metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Dog Years" which was released by Solar Flare Records.
A very heavy thrash sound starts off the album along with some blast beats and all of the musical instruments sounding very powerful and then the music slows down and adds in screams and growls while also mixing in some of the fast parts as well as adding in elements of punk rock.
As the album progresses the music starts bringing in a mixture of fast hardcore punk and slower doom/sludge metal as well as adding in some shouting type vocals and they also start bringing in more progressive sounding structures on some of the later tracks along with small amounts of melody.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and the music also has a good amount of stoner rock elements which really shine when the melodic clean singing vocals find their way onto the recording and on one of the later tracks they add in acoustic guitars and slides which adds a desert like blues feeling to the recording and then return back to a heavier sound on the following songs as w ell as bringing in a small amount of guitar solos and leads, one of the later tunes also has a small amount of spoken word parts and the acoustics also make their return on the last song.
The Great Sabbatini have a very interesting sound with their music taking the heaviness of sludge and doom metal, the energy of punk rock and some progressive and stoner rock elements, the production sounds very dark, raw and heavy with a professional sound and the lyrics cover darkness and war themes.
In my opinion The Great Sabbatini are a very great sounding progressive sludge metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Royal We" "Periwinkle War Hammer" "Pitchfork Pete" and "Life During Wartime". 8 out of 10.