The Abominable Iron Sloth - The Id Will Overcome
On the surface, there is a lot going against The Abominable Iron Sloth in its quest to attract the attention of the buying public. Their name is silly, the record title, "The Id Will Overcome" is ridiculous, and some of the song titles are either misspelled or are purposely mauled for some secret reason. ("Mongoroid"? "A Nation of Ignorants"?) For you serious grammar freaks, there is even a redundancy in one title: "Heterodox Nonconformists." All this puts the band at an unfortunate disadvantage, because if one were to look past some of the goofiness, they would discover a rock hard doom punk band, one with OM-like riffs and Kyuss-esque grooves.
"The Id Will Overcome" is full of stooped riffs that will (or ought to be) copied by the next generation or so of metal guitarists, especially those on "Two black Helicopters" and "Nineties Male," the latter one of the best metal songs of the year hands down. The Seattle trio also hits the mark with the heavy heavy
"Slugs in a Salt Circle" (for all the fun I've poked at Sloth about their titles, I confess that is one of the greatest I've ever heard!) and "Big Iron Door," yet another cover of a Charles Manson song that seems infused with the man's frenzied vibe.
"Heterodox Nonconformists" closes the set on a down note, it being a bit long, and neither very heavy nor sleazy compared to the rest of the record.
In all, "The Id Will Overcome" is a nice slab of Doom that is crusty and chewy, and, even better, often memorable. The Abominable Iron Sloth might want to think of a name change down the road, but they should never touch their style, which is straight-on deadly.
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