Saturday 14 April 2018

Slow Green Thing - III (Album Review)

Release date: April 13th 2018. Label: Fuzzmatazz Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

III – Tracklisting

1.When Habits Embrace 06:19
2.Super High Me
3.Recipe Of Doom
4.Me vs. Me
5.Stop - No, Wait!
6.Queen Of My Heart
7.To Rewind


Sven (guitar, vocals)
Andreas (guitar)
Jörg (drums)
Martin (bass-guitar)


Slow Green Thing superb new album - III - sees the band continuing playing the Grunge/Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal dynamics of their last record and give it a stylish vintage sounding makeover. I'm very happy that the band have stuck to the similar sound that made II such a great album. There are a few parts on III where Slow Green Thing do try their hand at adding different musical elements to their sound. Though for the most part, if you dig II then you're going to enjoy their latest album immensely.

Opening track - When Habits Embrace - is a heavy psychedelic offering with the band opting for a "less is more" approach. The riffs are heavy but not as loud as their last album. That is a good thing. As you can hear different things going on in the background. The vocals are clearer and more focused. The music is slowly played at first but still remaining distinctively heavy. The whole feel of the album is drenched in DOOM based FUZZ. The mellower parts of the album really standout and you're treated to that strange new and yet familiar sound on the opening track.

Second track - Super High Me - opens with a Heavy/Thrash Metal pounding groove. Though the mood remains firmly in Doom/Stoner Metal territory. As the lyrics are very tongue-in-cheek and the music elevates the whole album to a more robust Grunge/Doom based sounding atmosphere.

The band carry on this heavy infectious attitude throughout the rest of the album with songs such as: Recipe Of Doom, Stop - No Wait! and Queen Of My Heart being the best parts of the album. The lyrics on Recipe Of Doom deserve special mention as it will perhaps get the "Stoner" crowd in the mood for ordering a different kind of medication from their registered Doctor. Anyway, joking aside. III is a thrilling and well-produced album with Slow Green Thing embracing the Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal culture like ever before.

The album will take a few listens to fully enjoy and appreciate. I'm hoping on their next record that the band be a little bit more adventurous with their overall sound. Still that doesn't stop III being a brilliantly entertaining album and one that sees III being the perfect companion piece to Slow Green Thing's last album.

Words by Steve Howe