VARIOUS ARTISTS: They Came to Destroy the Carolinas: CD

Based on the sound of the lion’s share of music on here, Black Sabbath is apparently the “they” referenced in the title, for their heavy boots are stamped all over this disc. Sludgy Iommi-isms abound throughout the tunes meted out by bands with names like Blood Bucket Joint, Mountain Of Judgement, Math Is Hard, The Lab Rats, and many others. Then, just when you think you’ve got the whole thing sussed out, some trashy garage or a swampy bit of oddness comes wafting through the speakers, and it gets even more diverse in delivery as it goes on, adding weird new wave, Cookie Monster metal, and even acoustic guitar into the mix. Was a bit apprehensive at the outset, but all told, it ain’t a bad comp in the least. 

 –jimmy (Dead Wax)