Bather – Bather (Review)

Bather - BatherBather are a sludge metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

I like hybrid bands that are hard to easily tag, and Bather qualify. Bather play a violent metal/sludge/hardcore style that involves taking influences from 90s hardcore/metalcore and blending this with elements of sludge, crust, grind, and even a dash of death metal. The end result is 25 minutes of heaviness and aggression.

The band aren’t averse to including melody in their assault, although this is typically included just to make things feel even nastier and more apocalyptic than ever. One of the things I like about Bather is their ability to weave dark atmosphere around their bone-crushing music, giving their songs an emotional core that can be quite affecting as they go about flattening you with their heavy assault.

This is a record that’s actually probably more about the feel of the songs than about how heavy or crushing they can be. Yes, there’s plenty of the latter on a surface level, but at a deeper level these are simply vehicles for conveying the emotions and feelings that Bather want to portray. These songs express themselves very well through dirty, gritty hybrid sludge metal of the sort that you can easily listen to and enjoy instantly, but if you want to really concentrate and lose yourself in the music, you can do that too; there is substance here.

Bather have impressed with this album. Brutal and considered, I recommend that you check this out as soon as you can.

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