Ainriail - Rural Sludge EP (2015)
This four-track EP marks the arrival of the Irish stoner sludge duo Ainriail, a pair who put their bass, drums, and voices to work with strong style. Stepping past the usual sludge expectations to reach for something more, the duo move for heavy psych-like gnarls of bass riffing and intricate rhythms while their kicking nastiness splatters sludgy rawness all over the doomy inclinations. In addition to in-the-moment finesse, Ainriail put together a cool flow for the EP, handling the energy arc and arrangement depth from song to song with excellent care. "Rise" starts things with a hard punch, beating your ears up before springing the moody thoughtfulness of "Wasteland", then the post-punkish crawl and blatting bass hit explosions of "We Move Slow". Finally, "Othering" pulls styles from everything else (plus some well-integrated tambourine) and spins it into a new set of shapes for your listening pleasure. A hell of an introduction, Rural Sludge sets Ainriail up as a band to follow for fans of heavy music with an eagerness to experiment.
For Fans Of; Blind Samson, Hijo de la Tormenta, Kalamata, Mares of Diomedes, Sunken