Jumbo's Killcrane The Slow Decay

Like a primordial behemoth rising from the darkest depths, Kansan dirge-dealers Jumbo’s Killcrane have deviated significantly from last year’s prog-sludge Carnaval De Carne record. Instead of pursuing their bio’s Nirvana-meets-Eyehategod touchstone, the trio dove headlong into the tar pits and emerged a different monster altogether: less prog, more sludge, with tunes averaging seven minutes a pop. After a lengthy intro of drone noise somewhere between early Pink Floyd and Stinking Lizaveta, the title track immediately kicks in with the band’s seething neo-dirge à la Grief. Guitarist/vocalist Erik Jarvis’ gargling tones vacillate between Iron Monkey’s Johnny Morrow (RIP) and Corrosion of Conformity’s Pepper Keenan. There’s even a point in "Brown” where the band throws a change-up, switching from their plodding doom over to Coalesce-inspired metalcore — but only for a minute. "Locust Blanket” resembles the almost-random beats and chords of Harvey Milk, while "Coital Abyss” replaces the usual loping pace with a semi-gallop (in doom terms, at least). Album closer, "Die, Stabbed,” finally reprises their former prog stylings, though still allotting ample time for Jarvis’ tangential solos. A converse to their more math-y records, The Slow Decay is more deliberately doomier to sate fans of the heavy. (Crucial Blast)