Spaceslug - Eye The Tide review




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Band: Spaceslug
Album: Eye The Tide
Release date: July 2018


01. Obsolith
02. Spaced By One
03. Eternal Monuments
04. Words Like Stones
05. Vialys Part I & II
06. I, The Tide


A great disturbance in the cosmic dimensions as molluscan beings of great power have been invading earth-realm. First came Slugdge, born of slime, but not so late after that came another, its arch-nemesis. The being is, of course, Spaceslug.

Other than some sludgish flavors and having "slug" in their name, Slugdge and Spaceslug don't actually have that much in common. The former leans musically more towards tech death and is more self-aware due to most of their song titles being tongue-in-cheek slugisations, while the latter is joining Sunnata and Weedpecker in spearheading this new wave of Polish stoner. And they've been clearly working these past 4 years since their inception, already on their fourth release overall. Yes, I'm counting their EP, too, since it's almost 30 minutes long.

The one thing Spaceslug have working for them best is that all of the three members contribute to the vocals of the album. While at this point I still don't know who sings which part, this does bring plenty of variance in the sound and all three of them have voices that fit in some way or another, one of them sounding somewhat drowned-out, like it was taken from a shoegaze/slowcore/indie album, and another taken from an extreme metal album. Yep, this album does turn more aggressive; we'll get to that in a minute. While not every vocal line is what you'd expect from a laid-back stoner jam album, this slight uncanniness is what should be exploited much more.

Like I said, the album is much more aggressive than their previous ones, but you'd have to wait until the fourth track in to notice that, as it is during "Words Like Stones" that the blast beats and the extreme vocals kick in. By that time, the listener will already have became immersed in the fuzzy and psychedelic jams, and although there may have been a few hints along the way, when it happens it's very surprising (but not unnatural). Sadly, up until the last track, the album kicks back into its usual somewhat progressive, somewhat post-ish jam approach. The production works out quite well in their favour to give the music both the impact and the mood it strives for, but often the flow of the songs is not in the best shape.

Now that Spaceslug have proven themselves, I wish they would put more time into their records instead of chugging out so many records in such a short time. Eye The Tide feels slightly strained and rushed, and while there have been improvements here, Spaceslug really seem like they could pull out a masterpiece if they challenged themselves more. Meanwhile.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 9
Production: 9


 



Written on 26.08.2018 by My opinion is objective, sorry if you don't agree, but you're wrong.


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26.08.2018 - 14:43
musclassia
What was your opinion on the aggressive moments? I kinda agree that they need to try some new things out to avoid becoming too repetitive (whilst I've really enjoyed what they've put out so far, it does feel like most songs could be from any of their releases given the similarities in sound), but it felt like a slightly awkward direction to take, or maybe I was just annoyed to have a relaxing chillout listen disrupted by a random round of blast beats
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26.08.2018 - 15:19
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by musclassia on 26.08.2018 at 14:43

What was your opinion on the aggressive moments? I kinda agree that they need to try some new things out to avoid becoming too repetitive (whilst I've really enjoyed what they've put out so far, it does feel like most songs could be from any of their releases given the similarities in sound), but it felt like a slightly awkward direction to take, or maybe I was just annoyed to have a relaxing chillout listen disrupted by a random round of blast beats

It didn't feel to disruptive for me, but I think they should learn to integrate those aggressive moments better, hence my last point that they should take more time for each release
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Okay, this is epic!
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29.08.2018 - 17:03
BitterCOld
waltrsobchakheit
Written by RaduP on 26.08.2018 at 15:19


It didn't feel to disruptive for me, but I think they should learn to integrate those aggressive moments better, hence my last point that they should take more time for each release


better integration and maybe more of 'em.

liked any/every given song on the album, but as a whole it just dragged... those sporadic bursts jolted my interest and made the album as a whole more enjoyable.
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get the fuck off my lawn.
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29.08.2018 - 20:09
Eternity'sChild
First thought it was not that interesting, but after a while I started to really enjoy that album. Can't really compare, because I haven't listened to the rest of their discography, but nothing felt really out of place or "not well integrated". Not sure though, if I should check out the rest of their albums.
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