With a name like Sloth Herder, you'd be forgiven for mistaking them as yet another sludge or doom act if you judged them before listening. But if you hit play below on our early stream of the band's upcoming album, No Pity, No Sunrise, you'll quickly see Sloth Herder is an impressive band with a one-of-a-kind sound.
Caustic and dark is the name of the game here, and Sloth Herder draw parallels to a number of different sounds and styles both old and new. The music on No Pity, No Sunrise combines the best of early metalcore (think Coalesce, Converge, or Botch) with dissonance focused black metal elements, bits of hardcore and death metal, a smidgen of proggy sludge riffs similar to Mastodon, and loads of grind addled fury that makes for a dynamic clusterfuck of seething brilliance which defies easy categorization. In addition to all that, Sloth Herder also showcase an experimental and sometimes drone inflected soundscape-heavy side on the album's four instrumental cuts: "Ferric Air", "A People's Dream" and "Anhedonic" Pt. 1 and Pt. 2, both of which feature guest appearances from fretless guitarist Ryan Neal (ex-Genevieve) whose former band is also a part of the Grimoire Records family.
If you're new to the group like I was, they hail from Maryland and have been active since 2009, with several killer releases under their belt already prior to the upcoming March 24th release of No Pity, No Sunrise through Grimoire Records. So check out our early stream of No Pity, No Sunrise below and bang your fucking heads. If you're digging it, you can order a copy through the Grimoire Records Bandcamp page. Be sure to follow Sloth Herder over on their Facebook page too.