Friday 16 November 2018

Sadhus, The Smoking Community - Big Fish (Album Review)

Release date: November 15th 2018. Label: Fuzz Ink Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Big Fish – Tracklisting

1.Hyper Roller 02:45
2.Flesh 04:52
3.Lazarus 08:24
4.Big Fish 07:11
5.Sobbing Children 03:41
6.I.P.S. (Intelligent Psycho Sludge) 07:03


Stavros - Vocals
Thomas G. - Guitars
Mak - Bass
Greg - Drums


Big Fish is the new album from Greek Sludge/Stoner Rockers – Sadhus, The Smoking Community and it’s a constantly heavy and boisterous affair. The album is a heavy mix of Doom, Sludge and Stoner Metal that sounds fantastic and pissed off as hell. However the band sometimes struggle with the different elements of music included here on the album.

Sadhus, The Smoking Community impress most on the more epic songs such as Lazarus, Big Fish and I.P.S. (Intelligent Psycho Sludge). As they have more time to create and expand their NOLA influenced sound. The hardcore and almost death based growls takes some time getting used to but Stavros will soon win you round. The whole tone and atmosphere of the album is very raw but that allows Sadhus, The Smoking Community to play a more bleaker and atmospheric style of Sludge/Stoner Metal.

Overall, Sadhus, The Smoking Community have created a winning album after 4 years since their last album. Big Fish is loud and violent Sludge/Stoner Metal that stays bleak throughout it’s 35 minute running time. So don’t go expecting any uplifting moments of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal as this isn’t Sadhus, The Smoking Community style.

Approach this album with CAUTION. As this album will FUCK UP YOUR ENTIRE DAY with it’s bleak themes and brutal epic sounds…

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe