August 28, 2014

Eli Zeger
King of Dirt by Sick/Tired

King of Dirt, the latest release from Chicago powerviolence band Sick/Tired, isn’t your typical metal release. It’s more about the energy, rather than the instrumentation.

The album is a minefield containing 30 second long explosions of lo-fi drums, grinding guitars and nightmarish screams and grumbles. “Corrosive Outburst/Anointed” is a juggernaut of speed-shifting drum patterns and growling guitar riffs. The grim “Gummo Grindin” is a deep, crusty waltz. This all leads up to the five and half minute opus “King of Dirt.” The title track is a palatial breakdown full of feedback and sludge with guitars that sound like Sigur Ros if they were cremated.

I love King of Dirt and Sick/Tired’s experimentation with metal. Their focus on the rawness of the music makes them more distinct than bands that care mostly about epic solos and complex riffage.





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Sean Reveron was born & raised in Venice Beach, CA. He terrorized the streets of the West Side as a young Suicidal Boy, and was a part of the early Hardcore movement. Sean has always been passionate about the music and the DIY fashion of the crust and metal world, and that passion led him and his wife Meghan to create the world of CVLT Nation and the CVLT clothing brand.

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