"The Decline and Fall of Everything" (Heavy Baby Records; 2022)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

There's no way you can ignore a band named Heavy Baby Sea Slugs, even if you have no idea what they sound like. So I put on their album, "The Decline and Fall of Everything" on, sat back, and waited to see what happened.

I didn't have to wait long. The opening track, "The Hand from the Grave," starts out with raging noise and a furious pace that runs at breakneck speed throughout most of its over three-and-a-half minute running time. Track two, "Swarm of Bees," doesn't even let you catch your breath, picking up where the first track ended and continuing throughout its 3:12 length. Track number 3, however, "Bad Castle" slows down the pace considerably, adding an even grungier sound and an undeniably eerie atmosphere.

And so it goes throughout the rest of "The Decline and Fall of Everything," ending with the nearly ten minute epic "Blasphemy of all Man Kind," which plays out like a sludge band was hired to score an old-school sci-fi film, like "Forbidden Planet." 

What you'll think of Heavy Baby Sea Slugs and "The Decline and Fall of Everything" falls squarely on your musical taste. If you're looking for something sludgy and grungy that offers enormous differences in pace, growling vocals and weird soundscapes, this might be right up your alley. If you're looking for something else, well ... stay away!

For more information, check out https://heavybabyseaslugs.bandcamp.com.

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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