SALTINE | SALTINE
SOUTHERN METAL, SLUDGE
4 of 5 stars
Review by Thomas Duerig
Saltine’s self-titled EP is hard. How hard? Saltine’s self-titled EP could be the soundtrack to a public execution, or a riot, or a car bomb exploding. Think about the words “civic disorder” for a moment. While I’m not sure if Saltine actually wants you to go outside and throw a brick at a police officer, don’t be ashamed if you feel a similar violent urge after extended listens. This is not music for people who want to sway in a trance and have a good time. This is music for people who want to have a few beers and hate everything, especially their own feelings. Few song titles match so appropriately the direction a body of music is going as the opening track, “Full Steam Ahead.” Warren Holland, guitarist and vocalist, launches into pentatonic and bluesy riffs, translated through towering distortions, and bellows in ways reminiscent of Phil Anselmo as the song lumbers, like an iron giant, to engulf your horizon with a blistering guitar solo. This is a short, but memorable EP. If I had to find fault, it would be that whoever mixed the project left the volumes at a considerably low volume before finalizing them to CD, which could prove a problem to people trying to listen on headphones in loud places where their device volume can only add but so much gain and is unfortunate because this deserves to be played LOUD.
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