"Andromdas Colossus" (Ape Vermin; 2024)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Okay. I admit it. I chose to review Ape Vermin's "Andromedas Colossus" because the band has a cool name. I mean, how do you not listen to a band called Ape Vermin?

After giving the album a listen, however, I'm really glad the band name drew me in. Because "Andromedas Colossus" is kinda awesome.

There are ten tracks and almost an hour of music here, and the tracks are sludgy, pummeling (sometimes very Black Sabbath-ish) and laced with fiery leads that cut through the heavy like lasers through steel. There are occasional spacey sounds and electronic hums (especially on tracks like "Pulse Driver" and "Signal Transmissions"), adding some sci-fi atmosphere to the musical devastation, and the vocals are those of a raspy, perhaps wicked, wizard, calm when required and screeching when necessary.

I like all ten tracks but Track 10, "Awakened," with its locomotive drive, is probably my favorite.

Look, I know this type of music isn't for everyone—what kind of music is?—but if you're looking to be transported to another crushingly heavy musical universe, Ape Vermin are worth a listen.

For more information, check out https://apevermin.bandcamp.com/album/andromedas-colossus.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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