Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums - CON­NIE GOR­DON


APF North­ern mis­er­ab­lists play fast and loose with the sludge tem­plate

Hail­ing from Hull, Mastiff are just as fond of bot­tom-of- the­bot­tle mis­ery and as they are drinks-on-the-land­lord con­vivi­al­ity. De­scrib­ing them­selves as “a mis­er­able band from a mis­er­able town” cher­ish­ing “vol­ume over tal­ent”, and hav­ing songs like Full On Skul­let and Slow Mo­tion Death

Roll in their discog­ra­phy are a few ex­am­ples of their sly, cur­mud­geonly grumpi­ness.

The to­tal ab­sence of good times and cheer con­tinue on Bork, a mini-al­bum that drenches scuzzy gui­tar tones in bong­wa­ter and em­braces de­spon­dency from both Amer­ica’s south and the UK’s grey, grim north. Mastiff’s edge comes with their re­fusal to stick to the same tar-like tem­pos so many stoner/ sludge bands ad­here to. When the pace is picked up dur­ing Nil By Mouth and the mid-sec­tion

of Ev­ery­thing Equals Death, it truly feels like you’re be­ing bowled over by a force of na­ture, not be­ing slow-burned to a crisp. FOR FANS OF: CROWBAR, BUZZOV.EN, EYEHATEGOD

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