Tuskar – The Tide, Beneath, The Wall

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/label URL: Riff Rock Records
Released: 2018
Buy Album: https://tuskar.bandcamp.com/album/the-tide-beneath-the-wall-2
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/TUSKARBAND/

Band line-up:

Tom Dimmock – Guitars
Tyler Hodges – Vocals, drums

Tracklisting:

1.) The Tide
2.) Beneath
3.) The Wall

Review:

Who knew my previous hometown of Milton Keynes was such a hotbed of sludge metal? This is the second such band I’ve had for review from there this year. And yet still no one explores the great metal potential of roundabouts; the endless, inescapable spiral…

Anywho, The Tide, Beneath, The Wall is the band’s second EP, and consists of just three songs: “The Tide”, “Beneath” and (you guessed it) “The Wall”. Tuskar play a thick, churning, sludgey doom, the sound of a band lurching and wading through a bog of distortion and fuzz.

Sadly, this is another one of this genre which seems content to just tick those basic boxes. Sure, it makes plenty of sludgey, doomy noise, but that’s really all it does. The song-writing, while not completely absent, is very basic. The vocals are largely just incomprehensible yells. The production quality is pretty iffy, for while it certainly aims for something deliberately distorted, there are good ways and bad ways to achieve it.

There’s just not much here in the way of stand-out moments. “The Wall” is appropriately titled, a slow, funereal track, a wall of discordant noise, but it lacks focus. Both “The Tide” and “Beneath” have moments where they pick up the pace a little and start to get into a groove, but in each case it’s over before it has time to amount to much.

If Tuskar were going fully immersive like The Angelic Process or Neurosis, this could work, but it really just ends up being three tracks of distorted noise.

Review by:

Kieron Hayes

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