You Send Me Things, I Listen to Them: God Root – Self-Titled EP

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I never realized the sheer volume of crap metal bloggists are forced to swim through in order to find something good. Every single day, half a dozen bands send us turrible emails with links to turrible websites with turrible music. It’s enough to make Charles Barkley say, “That’s turrible.” Occasionally, though, we’ll get something really rad. Today I’m highlighting the brand new EP from a brand new band with a few familiar faces. Let’s talk sludge with God Root.

Do you remember Sadgiqacea? Back in 2013, the band dropped a psychadelic sludge album that was hailed by metal gatekeepers like Grim Kim as the next big thing in doom. With music written by Evan Void of my beloved Hivelords (who dropped one hell of an album that, although it didn’t make my year-end shortlist, was more than good enough for me to rant and  rave about it on two separate occasions) and produced by Colin Marston, False Prism was an atom bomb of downtuned weirdness. But then Sadgiqacea drifted into the shadows of memory and history.

As fate would have it, Sadgiqacea’s drummer/vocalist Fred Grabosky was not content to fade into obscurity, so in winter of last year he began recruiting like-minded musicians to help him rechannel that Sadgiqacea ethos into something new. Something primal. Something elusive and mysterious and possessed of frightful strength. God Root is the end result of that campaign.

2016, unbelievably, has already seen a surprising number of fantastic EPs. It isn’t even February and already Krallice, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, and Writhe have hit us with reminders that the extended play still reigns. Now you can add God Root’s self-titled EP to that list. Rounding out Grabosky’s spiritual vocals and tribal drumming are Ross Bradley on bass/vocals, Keith Riecke on rhythm guitar, Joe Hughes on lead guitar/vocals, and Jordan Stiff on noise/soundscapes. As you may have surmised, Stiff’s presence indicates a more atmospheric direction for God Root’s sound. Grabosky’s seething, swirling drums anchor a shamanic approach to song construction and delivery. Though there be downtuned riffs aplenty, the emphasis is placed on texture and feel, with all three vocalists often chanting as a backing layer to the dense wall of bottom-end rumble and miasmic sound. Listening to any of the three long tracks on this EP feels like stumbling upon a dreadful and secret pagan ritual deep in the heart of the wood primeval. Fans of Neurosis/Tribes of NeurotThe Lion’s Daughter, and Tomahawk‘s Anonymous album take note. You’ve just found your new spiritual experience.

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  • Here… The new Skáphe song. New album will rule.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZA33uaWwDY

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      Sounds evil as fuck.

      • I don’t know how they did it, but yeah. Shit sounds more evil then the S/T.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          It’s like a more coherent Abruptum.

          • Ah, good comparison! Abruptum is fucked.

    • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

      Im liking this more and more, im not that familiar with their last album tho

      • Last demo is really good. Production is more low-fi but it still kills. A suffocating release.

        • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

          Yeah, i was gonna say this is produced a little more than usual for your recommendations. But thats prolly why i like it so much

          • I love really over the top cavernous production. This new production is fine with me even if it is cleaner.

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            I certainly think bm can be overproduced, im just not a fan of things which are intentionally underproduced

          • Most people aren’t.

  • Also, been listening to the new D-666 none stop here. Epic as fuck track.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pent5OK29LA

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    That dude’s mustache on the far right. What the fuck?

    • Dubs

      Ha, I didn’t even notice.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        I notice the stupidest shit. His lip cancer just jumped out at me.

        • Bossicus thee Rossicus

          It is rather large, i noticed it as i was clicking the link.

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            Beards > mustaches

          • Bossicus thee Rossicus

            Beards are way better.

  • Bossicus thee Rossicus

    Hate to do this but, 2016.

    • Dubs

      ugh, thanks.

      • Bossicus thee Rossicus

        Otherwise, excellent write up and i can’t wait to give this a listen. Your last suggested EP, Beautiful and Damned, has gotten lots of plays.

        • Dubs

          You didn’t have to delete your comment. I fixed it, haha.

          • Bossicus thee Rossicus

            I noticed, that’s why i removed the comment. It served it’s purpose, i didn’t feel like it was needed any longer.

            But while I have you here, do you have any recommendations for bands or albums that have a similar sound as the Slaegt EP?

  • A track off of the 2016 The True Werwolf : Demo IX. Weird as fuck. Not sure I like it at all, but the album art is killer.

    https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0861/9020/products/the_true_werwolf_demo_ix_large.jpg?v=1452617328
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVpbjEE7CiM

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      This track is fucked.

      • Pretty fucking much. Not sure if it’s enough to make me spent $12 on the cassette. That’s pretty fucking ridiculous.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          I’d say no on that on.

          • Good call bro.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Hey bro, I just to make sure my bro doesn’t fucked over by some other bro, bro.

  • Apperently a new Void Meditation Cult and Profanatica album are in the works for this year. Should be released towards the end of this year through Hells Headbangers.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    I dig this God Root stuff. The best newer sludge band of the last 10 years is Amenra though imho. Their music really feels like a dark cloud engulfing everything around you.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUGCXd0-tY0

    • Dubs

      Amenra are tight. They’re on Neurot, right?

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Their last album Mass V was released on Neurot. Neurosis has been a huge influence on their sound, so them signing over to Neurot and becoming Neurosis’ #1 protégé was a dream come true for them.
        But Amenra’s a great band as well in my opinion, with definitely their own sound going on. Their live shows are fantastic.

        • Dagon

          Weird af music videos as well.

  • ME GORAK B.C.™

    OF HABIT SOUND BADASS!!!!!!!
    #CLUBSMASHOVAPPROVAL

  • COAL ROLL

    half a dozen bands a day begging for exposure here is pretty good considering this toilets humble beginnings

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      2016 is being a real fucking cunt.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        The void cares not what year it may be or for your feelings.

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          K.

          • L.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            M.

          • Bossicus thee Rossicus

            N.

          • O.

          • Penis. lolololo

          • huehuehue

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Q

          • *Flagged for inappropriateness*

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Is R the next letter?

          • I kid, I kid!

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I thought you father soon?

          • yep. any day now. I will know better in about 1.5 hours. hopefully she is dilated more. Nervous as fuck.

          • Toilet of Dilated Vaginas.

          • I think mean cervix’s. But I know what you mean. lolhue

          • Waynecro

            I think we all learned something here today.

          • Yes. Don’t let friends on Toilet websites give delivery information to other friends. lol

          • Waynecro

            It’s nature’s fault for giving vaginas too many parts.

          • Damn. I never payed attention in health class.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Hahaha. Spread those vaginal walls straight to the cunting void.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Good luck, GL. Don’t let him/her grow into a Tapir.

          • No, sir. Cuz if so, that is a paddlin!

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        I dunno if you dug their work or already heard, but Zarkus Poussa and Erkki Pirtola have died too.

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          Yea, noticed those too.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Holy shit.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      Sal Tessio…

    • ME GORAK B.C.™
    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Goddamnit.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      He lived a full life at least. I don’t want to know who’s going to be taken next.

  • Guacamole Jim

    This is some rad shit, Dubs! The atmospheric elements are really what makes it.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Another RIP is necessary for singer/songwriter Black who is dead at 53. He had a wonderful life.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMXz3TQOS_c
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_(singer)

  • Dagon

    This speaks to me.

  • This is one of my favorite features. Nice work, W.

    GL

    • Dubs

      Thanks, dude. I hope you enjoy the jams.

  • Waynecro

    Thanks for the great review, W.

    • Dubs

      Ayyyyy

  • Morbosidad confirmed to play Hells Headbash 3.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0Fi2GN28VQ

  • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

    Did we do a RIP abe vigoda?

    • Dubs

      Yes, it’s here.

  • Sir Tapir The Based

    This is a good. Dank W.

    • Dubs

      Ayyy, a Tapir seal of approval is a blessing indeed.

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    When did Neil Peart leave Rush?

  • Celtic Frosty

    You had me at Sadgiqacea

  • Guppusmaximus

    Siftin’ through turrible music might be turrible but this ain’t
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOVZrCQr-VM

  • Lacertilian

    This is pretty damn interesting.
    Some parts remind me of less-doomy Makavrah, combined with a more emotive melodic tinge. Good find Dubya.