Buzzov*en Sore
Grade
C
 
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Buzzov*en trudges through this album, sounding like many of the Louisiana Sludge Metal (i.e., Eyehategod, Crowbar, and Exhorder). Adding equal parts dementia and intensity, this album is a great starting point for this band. Buzzov*en has a menace to them that competes, and even surpasses, some more popular bands like Marilyn Manson and Slipknot.

The main problem with Sore is that there seems to be all this intensity, followed up by a dragging-on of many songs. Tracks that should have been five minutes long are twice that length, and unnecessarily so. Tracks like Unwilling to Explain and Hollow show that they can make successful short tracks. This is not to say that some of the longer tracks are not also good. The last track, This is Not, is a deep and haunting soundfest.

Even with the fuzzy guitars and deep bass, most people will probably be turned off by the style and execution of this album. The raspy vocals and near indecipherable lyrics (much like Eyehategod) will most certainly hinder most listeners. If you're into this style of music, be our guest and pick this one up. It is a good album, but just not for people who aren't into the genre.

- - Vane

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