Titan // Burn
I love sludge metal, but I was afraid that maybe the genre was getting soft. Last year, Mastodon turned a few heads by making The Hunter their most accessible album to date (at the expense of quality in my opinion). Then this year Torche dropped the sugary confection that is Harmonicraft on the world, inspiring some to call the album sludge pop or stoner pop. And now next month my favorite sludge outfit Baroness is set to drop their long-awaited double album Yellow & Green, which, based on what we’ve heard so far, will probably be their poppiest album to date. Is softer side of sludge becoming a trend? Not if Toronto band Titan has anything to say about it.
The band has recently dropped their mammoth album Burn on the world and what a wonderfully diverse and heavy album it is! Now while this isn’t straight sludge metal, it certainly bears enough of the scars to carry the description. Nestling right in that soft spot between doom metal and hardcore punk, Burn is a work of crushing weight. The monstrous guitars, primal vocals, and relentless percussion create this inescapable hailstorm of noise. Everything that goes into the soup here does its job to earn the band the name Titan.
It’s an excellent album that I can’t recommend enough. It’s being offered as a free download courtesy of a new Toronto metal label called Hypæthral Records.