"Sons of Tonatiuh" (Hydro-Phonic; 2013) BUY THE VINYL

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Brewing a miasma of Mastodon, Black Flag, Eyehategod, and High on Fire, Sons of Tonatiuh hammer out doses of sinisterly composed, mauling riffs over waves of syrupy rhythmic sludge on their uneasy, self-titled eight-track excursion (“Den of Thieves”).

Bolstered by a set of seething vocals turning the heat past the boiling point (“To the Throne,” “Chain Up the Masses”), the sheer sonic heft found in this collection of tunes possesses the hardcore punk power of a wrecking ball when necessary (“The Artifact”) while exhibiting the ornery disposition that awards this album a sense of dread that hovers throughout, sending shivers down the spines of those uninitiated to the origins of this troupe’s dense and dastardly doom-laden output.

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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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