Dirt Forge – Interspheral Review

I love this sort of stuff, it's heavy and goes through different movements adding color and warmth then quickly returns to the massive riff. Call it what you like...

Sludge Metal

Majestic Mountain Records

Release Date – November 11th 2022

 

Line Up:

Alexander Kolby – Guitar/Vocals

Yannick Bunger Kristensen – Bass/Backing Vocals

Nicolai Lomholt – Drums

 

Tracklist:

1 – The Observer

2 – Highest Low

3 – Ascension

4 – Moralterations

5 – Left In The Lurch

6 – Miscommunison

7 – Descension

 

Here we go with something proper heavy from a Danish trio formed in 2015. They put out an EP in their first year and then released their critically acclaimed full-length debut two years later. Now five years on here’s the sophomore record – and what a beast it is.

Opening with a monumental down-tuned riff ‘The Observer’ leaves you in no doubt that this going to be a heavy one. After the opening few bars they settle down before giving it large on the riff again and they turn it into a sludge/psych pounder before ‘Highest Low’ comes in with a gentle opening but you it’s coming and come it does. Kolby steps on the gain pedal and cracks off another huge riff which is mirrored by Kristensens bass before they ease down a gear again. ‘Ascension’ starts with some noises then Lomholt taps a rhythm out on his rims then its blasts off and they bludgeon you on a massive groove then as a bit of respite we get nearly 3 minutes of gentle stoner noises which leads into the mighty ‘Left In The Lurch’ before the epic ‘Miscommunison’ which has it all within its thirteen minutes then we get some gentle strumming as a warm down on ‘Descension’.

I love this sort of stuff, it’s heavy and goes through different movements adding color and warmth then quickly returns to the massive riff. Call it what you like – Sludge, Stoner, Doom – If you like it heavy with a bit of melody and grooves then this is at the top of the tree. I’ll be sourcing the band’s back catalog and keeping a careful eye on what they do next because this is awesome.

 

Score: 9/10

Reviewed by: Smudge

 

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