"Graveside Grin" (Magnetic Eye; 2024)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Leather Lung gives us something a little different with "Graveside Grin." And that's a good thing.

"Graveside Grin" is a collection of eleven tracks of what their bio describes as "a thick, chugging concoction of stoner metal, doom, and unrelenting sludge, blended into a refreshingly heavy brew with a catchy kick." I've quoted that here for a reason. I couldn't describe the band's sound better myself.

Heavy guitars, steady pounding rhythms and vocals that are monster raspy yet still understandable. And songs that feel like songs rather than just chunks of heavy slab dropping on your head one after the other. That describes pretty much every track on the album. If you like one, you'll like the rest, for sure.

My favorite tracks were the opener, "Spit in the Casket," which sets the expectation for the rest of the album; the big bash boogie of "Big Bad Bodega Cat," and the crushing "Cornered Animal." Having said that, there's not a bad track anywhere to be found here.

This is Leather Lung's first full-length release but there are four more previous EP's out there in the wild. Me? I'm gonna go find them now. I suggest you listen to "Graveside Grin" and do the same.

Leather Lung: Mike - vocals; Zach - guitar, vocals; Ben - drums; Jesse - bass, vocals; Greg - guitar.

For more information, check out https://www.leatherlung.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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