Saturday 9 November 2019

TUSKAR - The Monolith Sessions (EP Review)

Release date: November 8th 2019. Label: Riff Rock Records. Format: DD

The Monolith Sessions – Tracklisting

1.The Tide 08:00
2.Into The Sea 05:05
3.Beneath 05:03


Tom Dimmock- Guitar
Tyler Hodges- Vox & Drums


UK Sludge/Doom/Stoner Metal Duo – TUSKAR – return with a new Live EP called The Monolith Sessions. The EP features live versions of TUSKAR classics The Tide and Beneath which both featured on last year’s acclaimed EP – The Tide, Beneath The Wall. The EP is joined by a new song called Into The Sea.

The EP is a rough and ready sounding Live EP which demonstrates the full angry power of TUSKAR who play a pulverizing sound of Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal with a ferocious Hard Rock edge. The music is fast-paced, manic and doesn’t give a FUCK who it upsets. It’s quite cool hearing The Tide and Beneath performed live and they sound quite different to the studio recorded versions that were released last year.

The new song Into The Sea is quite good indeed with the band playing a non-stop style of Sludge/Stoner Metal grooves with a dark twisted edge to it. There is a lot of guitar reverb and feedback on this song which makes the song quite distorted in places. The song is not the most original but TUSKAR play Into The Sea with angry conviction whilst offering a few epic progressive guitar riffs along the way.

The Monolith Sessions is another welcome release from TUSKAR who are slowly proving to being one of the best upcoming bands within the UK Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal scene. I’m hoping a full length album isn’t too far behind. As I’ve said this before with TUSKAR but I want to hear what these guys can do on a full length record. As an EP is not long enough to contain the heavy whirlwind sounds of TUSKAR.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Richard at Sheltered Life PR for the promo. The Monolith Sessions is available to buy now everywhere digitally via Riff Rock Records.