Six long years after the release of their, some might say classic sophomore album Deep Mountain, the world’s most reclusive sludge rockers Sloath return with their imaginatively titled third album lll.
III is conceived in a burst of activity around Christmas 2014. Geographical displacement and a slimming of the ranks necessitate an economy of style – a streamlining of the group’s already minimalist approach. Grooves tauten as ballast turns to muscle. The new songs blow the roof off a packed gig in their former home town and the group scatter once more.
They reconvene in the spring of 2015 to play the Raw Power festival in London, and triumph in spite of failing equipment. Shortly thereafter, the new suite is recorded with Tim Cedar (Part Chimp etc) at Dropout in Camberwell. Again the band disperse. The recordings mature in an old oak whisky barrel.
It will be four years before the group can gain perspective on the scale of the “new” LP and complete the tortuous mixing process. III is finally handed in to Riot Season in the autumn of 2019 and this Friday it will finally see the light to the general public.
Owen Coggins concluded his review for this website with the words: “Weighty enough for the amplifier worshippers, with hidden depths for the curious, III comes highly recommended.” Do you need any more encouragement? Perhaps you need to listen to the album before deciding, which you can do so below, whilst you pre-order your copy over at Riot Season.