Song review: Goddamn Sinner
Band: LukeWarm Swab
Location: Hornbaek, Denmark
Date of Release: 7th April, 2014
Genre: Groove Metal
Holy fuck, I did NOT expect this when I saw this submission. I’m always hella wary of soundcloud links, because by and large they are home to shitty, home done, amateur-as-fuck sounding drivel perpetrated by bedroom musos who seem to think just because they CAN write and record music all by themselves that they SHOULD. But I digress…
What we have here though, is a really inventive take on old school Groove/Grunge in the vein of Pantera/Alice in Chains. I’ll admit that when the spoken word part towards the start came in I thought “What in the name of all that is good and unholy is this shite?” but when the song kicked in in earnest I was in love. So let’s get down to it shall we?
The vocals are super reminiscent of Layne Staley, so much so that this guy could easily fill in for Alice In Chains without anyone really batting an eyelid. This is backed up by guitars that perfectly nail down that Pentatonic driven southern groove that Pantera (and ZZ top before them) made famous, complete with Billy Gibbons/Dimebag style squeals and dips which made the 15 year old in me absolutely elated.
The thing that is most impressive however is the fucking drumming man….Dear sweet Satan himself are they ever brilliant. I’ve never heard Southern/Groove with bulk amounts of ghosted snare, sick offbeats, wicked paradiddles and just all around fucking amazing syncopation. It’s like they poached the drummer from a Prog/Djent band and let him go nuts with his drum composition and I’m so fucking glad they did. Seriously, this guy shreds harder than digested razor blades on the way out. Also, bonus points for managing to work in the screaming section towards the end without it seeming out of place.
The only criticism I really have is that the song really should have started at about the 1:20 mark. Not a fan of the super long winded intro, although the opening drum/bass is pretty sweet I’ll admit. Secondly, the vocals are slightly pitchy in places towards the start, although they even out solidly as the song goes on.
Overall, this is a killer track that I’m super happy I stumbled across. The hooks are pretty catchy, the tones are spot on for the style and as I mentioned before, I went through about 6 towels in the half an hour it took me to write this review due to how wet the drumming made me. Seriously, it’s like I’m sitting front row at HotShots again. *drools*
Vocals: Screams: 8/10 Cleans: 8/10
Overall IPHYB Rating: 8/10
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Chris Giacca just may be the worst writer in the world, but it doesn't matter because he probably still has a bigger audience than you, so he is by default automatically right about everything. No exceptions. He's currently writing a novel which will be uploaded in single chapter installments as spoken word on bandcamp. Physical releases will be on laser disc only, limited to 17 1/2 units. Don't ask about the half.
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