No Anchor – The Golden Bridge

No Anchor - The Golden Bridge

No Anchor is a desert rock band from the land down under inspired by groups such as Black Sabbath, Queens of the Stone Age, and Acid Bath. The Golden Bridge is their fourth full-length record, self-released on digital format and vinyl. In contrast to the long-form expositions of previous albums Steam and Real Pain Supernova, The Golden Bridge is a concise, short record at ten tracks in thirty-six minutes.

“Slack Sabbath” is an awesome vibe of down-tuned rock. “FTB” is an awkward as hell introduction, with the band members simply saying “fuck [whatever]” over and over again before (humorously?) saying “fuck No Anchor and fuck you too man.” I don’t get it. The clever, punkish rhythms of Acid Bath are distilled into watery post-grunge riffs on “Anna” and “Slabs” that don’t match the atmosphere delivered by vocalists Donovan Miller and Ian Rogers. “One Means” has a dirty bass lead that finishes off in a two-minute stoner grime. “Electricity” is a psychedelic interlude akin to “Planet Caravan” by Black Sabbath. “Shut Yr Mouth” starts off with a Primus-esque groove and finishes off with an overblown grinding outro that ends an overall average sludge metal album.

1. FTB – (1:41) – ☆☆☆☆☆1
2. Slack Sabbath – (2:25) – ★★★★★
3. Anna – (1:23) – ★★☆☆☆
4. Loose Gravel – (3:43) – ★★☆☆☆
5. One Means – (5:15) – ★★★★☆
6. Electricity – (4:09) – ★★★★☆
7. Woodman – (7:02) – ★★★☆☆
8. Oh Kill – (1:26) – ★★★★☆
9. Slabs – (5:38) – ★★☆☆☆
10. Shut Yr Mouth – (4:01) – ★★★☆☆

Overall: ★★½☆☆

1This is one of the worst introduction tracks that I have ever heard.

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