This record came to us astride a silvery chariot and as soon as we put it on we knew it was special. Everything dissolves around it. It’s pure acid sound, down to the roots. It weaves time-stopping sludge fests, a crashing new heaviness coming down every few minutes like freshly heavy rain. What previously had been the heaviest riff in the world pales in comparison to whatever new cacophony they’ve created. It’s truly incredible, thudding and uncompromising noise along the lines of the stuff Bardo Pond were chucking out before they lost their edge. Pumping, plodding like Godzilla metal riffs that move just fast enough to be catchy while still carrying enough weight as a speeding meteor. Playing like a hepped-up Carlton Melton after being unfeelingly strapped to a chair and subjected to eight repetitions of each of the first four Sabbath monoliths, each of their eyes wide and yet dull, fingers thrumming rhythmically at the strings with complete control but no real understanding, the sludge oozing purposefully out of the speakers and over the drowning audience just as ambivalent as they are, unstoppable. They’ve created the Blob!
Over this sonic titan rises the spectral form of sea bird vocals, drifting over the powerful throbbing distortion jet engine. They are distant and indecipherable. Sailing over black hills and ragged waves of distortion beating on the eardrums of the shore down below. The effect is of being slapped in both ears simultaneously. A shattering debut. Disorienting, is this an art record? Is it a hard-rocking new-age masterpiece that blends the sixties with the nineties underground metal scene? Beauty masked by noise, dissonant racket of the holiest order. And it cooks.
There isn’t a lot to be said about Megaton Leviathan. If they could’ve expressed what this all means in words, they wouldn’t have needed to create one of the best underground metal albums of the last few years. Find it (no easy task), listen to it (very easy, it flows and ebbs like a stream) and come back here and tell me you loved it as much as I did.
Written under duress by Steven