"All the Splendor and Rot" (Self-released; 2004)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

North Carolina trio Slugnut play the kind of crossover metal that was big in the early '90s, only with a more discernible nod to the death metal circuit. 

On the band's 14-track sojourn into extreme heaviness, the breakneck pace of tracks like "Placenta Diablo" give the impressions of Superjoint Ritual butting heads with Obituary, while the thrash metal riffing found on "Stranger Image" sounds like early COC clashing with Children of Bodom. 

If you're looking for music that turns the energy of punk on its ear with a walloping, evil metal slant, then get into the sick grooves "All the Splendor and Rot" unfurls. 

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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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