PARABELLUM - STAINLESS - NEW SOUTH METAL
Is New South Metal an affiliate of Southern Lord Recording? No, don't think so, although Parabellum would fit on the latter label. Hailing from the sludges of Florida, the self-professed swamp metal band grinds away at the speed of doom, sludge and smoked hog to riffs made famous by Black Sabbath, Down, Solitude Aeternus and Eyehategod. Parabellum is not necessarily slow, although these exist, but the band's doom metal affair is a sordid compilation of dirges that will weigh on the listener like a tone of bricks. There is little shiny or pristine here for an album called Stainless. Instead, the vocals are harsh, malevolent and often growled, the music is heavy and angry and the band... well they don't exactly look pretty. The album begins with a patented Black Sabbath riff and ends with a song called Pacifier which does just that to lesser mortals. Why expect anything else in between? - Ali "The Metallian"