ILSA: The Falcon’s Claw (A389, 2015)
With a good heavy metal record you’re gonna catch a beatdown. The only question is how would you like your beatdown to go?
These guys offer up primo guitar sludge served on a bed of thrash and straight metal drumming topped off with a frontman who sounds like somebody just poisoned him.
The first tune, Oubliette, is more of an uptempo tune with a little bit of classic shredding, but the second tune 25 Cromwell settles into a common slow midtempo monster walk. They’re not gonna beat you up quickly and they’re not going to quite drown in you in stoner guitar syrup, it’s gonna be a nice relaxed beating. When those guitars start grinding it’s really quite pleasant.
Grade A American sonic assault, check ’em out.