Album Review: Kowloon Walled City – Container Ships

kowloon walled city container shipsKowloon Walled City‘s release is the first album that counts towards the “2013″ releases list for this website. Since my end of the year lists are posted up in early December, I want to give bands a chance when they have December releases. With that said, I may be calling a wild play here, Kowloon Walled City is already top contender for best album of 2013. No not because it was the first album I listened to, because it’s SO DAMN GOOD. “Container Ships” has everything I could possibly want in my slow and sludgy metal. This entire album is a powerful rush of slow riffs, doom drum bliss and a vocal work that wouldn’t normally stick with me but I loved it immediately. It’s fits so perfectly with the music. This album is 35 minutes of pure groove and doom. I compare the music similar to that of The Atlas Moth. Just that super bassy, depressing yet uplifting rock n roll that truly gets your head moving as you listen to it. “Container Ships” is without a doubt the best sludge album of 2012.

Confused yet by my stupid standards? Oh well. Just listen to “Container Ships” instead and wrap your head around that. There you go, much better isn’t it? You hear those quality riffs? Like waves of music just rushing a shore and pulling you in with it’s undertow. “Container Ships” has a very thick and powerful sound yet it’s not overly crisp production gives it character. I can’t even pull just one song out as an example because every single track is brilliantly written. The levels of all of the instruments and the vocals are incredibly even and you can enjoy every single member giving his all on every track. The tone isn’t overly done either like a funeral doom band. Not much fuzz or overdrive, I don’t know there trick but it sounds very rad.

I’m trying to find something to complain about. I guess it could be longer but I just tend to hit the play button again and it fixes that issue. So there you have it, Kowloon Walled City (I also like that name) has a solid new release called “Container Ships” and you definitely need to check it out. I am really digging this and I hope they tour soon.

5 out of 5

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