Sunday, 2 July 2017

BILLY CRYSTAL METH - Meth Metal


Billy Crystal Meth ~ Meth Metal

From their beginnings in 2005 until the band's demise in 2009, Billy Crystal Meth only came close to fulfilling their potential with this, their only full length release that was sandwiched between two split releases, the first with Doktor Bitch, the second with Grand Old Lady



Meth Metal, gives us sludgy, instrumental sludge with heavy doom passages, that isn't original, but plods along at a slightly higher tempo than the usual sludge bands, and there are chunky passages that sound like a death metal bands breakdowns, which I happen to love. However, one can't help but hanker for something a little more....this band was crying out for a vocalist, as Meth Metal, sounds a little tedious without someone growling out the lyrics. There is one thing that really annoys me about this album, why, oh why, do bands record a track, in this case  the twenty seven minute  long 'Frostillicus' open it in a positive fashion, and then cover at least half of it in ambient noise. That aside, there is still plenty here to go at as all of the other tracks are full and heavy.

Oh yes! Meth Metal and the two splits are available for free download via Bandcamp.