Weekend Nachos1 currently may be an inner-ear-slaying crust punk band, but they started off as Neurosis-inspired sludge metal. Bleed is a two-track, fourteen-minute EP with chugging riffs, percussive interludes, and some noise overlays. The Neurosis inspiration is flagrant in the vocal delivery: John Hoffman performs a growl/yell hybrid unique to Neurosis’ early style of hardcore-punk-rock-influenced post-metal. The riffs are straightforward trudges with plenty of feedback. The A-side has four or five “movements” that would be well-placed on Enemy of the Sun or Souls at Zero; the B-side is almost entirely a single chord progression played ad infinitum. Neither song is “progressive” but hey, that didn’t stop Neurosis from kicking ass and playing hard; Bleed is two enjoyable, aggression-and-testosterone fueled tracks that do what they do.
1. Bleed – (6:38) – ★★★☆☆
2. Observer – (7:12) – ★★★★☆
[UPDATE 7 February 2016: Changed the overall rating from four stars to three-and-a-half stars.]
[UPDATE 26 April 2016: Changed the overall rating from three-and-a-half stars to three stars.]
1Unforgettable name, that one.