Jazz Metal? Sometimes it can be glorious. Think back to Atheist, Pestilence, and, to a degree, Cynic. Superb bands offering complex arrangements that, whilst challenging, were often wonderful songs. More recently we have the likes of Ephel Duath that, when on fire, are quite superb. Dr Slaggleberry aren't necessarily reminiscent of any of these bands, but there are shared elements. The major difference is the screamo influenced vocals. These are clearly very accomplished musicians here. The complex twists and turns would certainly make good practise for aspiring tub-thumpers, plank-spankers, and shredders. Sadly, they just aren't that great at writing songs. Thankfully, at only just over 10 minutes long, there is little opportunity to be bored by all this. However, if they ever elected to record an album, I'd have to advise against it. Maybe I'm just not getting it but, having a love for all things weird, I doubt it slightly. Positives? Well, again, the playing is definitely verging on great. The production is fine, with each instrument being at least audible (with the possible exception of the vocals). Unfortunately, with the songs being so gratingly awful, I cannot recommend this to you. Shame really.
Review by Steve Cowan
3rd March 2008
2) Ugly Duck
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"These are clearly very accomplished musicians here....Sadly, they just aren't that great at writing songs."