Anders M. Nordli
My collection has reached 400 releases now, and it's fantastic that it happens with something featuring the always brilliant RAM. RAM is one of the best pure heavy metal bands around, and this release is no exception. Savage Machine is awesome, and it's my favourite track so far. The other band, Portrait, sounds badass too, so I will check them out some more as well.
Favorite track: Savage Machine.
Less sludge and more death metal, anchored in a progressive metal framework, with even more hilarious lyrics about slugs than ever before, what we have on Esoteric Malacology is Slugdge at the peak of their songwriting powers. Is this gimmicky? Sure it is, but much like Nekrogoblikon play amazing melodic death metal with a fixation on goblins and bears, Slugdge do the same here with an angrier, progressive death metal lens to express the joys as well as sorrows of the world of slugs. Heavy as hell, quite varied from song to song, and full of compelling riff craft and surprises, do not sleep on this one. Ippocalyptica