"Fogcutter" (Signed by Force; 2008)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Lumberingly heavy, Fiftywatthead flattens your head with a ruthless attack of sonic bombast with slight psychedelic overtones on the eight-track "Fogcutter."

Viscous guitars hurl lava-soaked boulders for riffs on tracks like "Followed by Thunder" and "Iron Clad" while the valiant rhythm section fortifies home base ("Last Leg", "Seadawg") with demonic vocal conjurings resonating the warmongering mantra of High on Fire as interpreted by Melvins ("Capsized").

There's also a slew of creepy noise rock entities dispersed throughout the course of this intriguing offering to round out this Canadian troupe's ominous brand of stoner metal that specializes in providing punishing heft with a sinister sneer, leaving Fiftywatthead a multitude of weapons at their dispose to crush your soul.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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