If there’s one genre of metal I particularly enjoy, it definitely has to be Southern-fried sludge metal. So what better way to enjoy it than spending an evening listening to North Carolina’s Weedeater, a band formed from the ashes of the now defunct Buzzov*en. Their newest effort, Jason..The Dragon is the sophomore album for Southern Lord records, and the band’s fourth full length release.
Jason … The Dragon combines sludgy yet groovy riffing drenched in feedback. Add to that a generous dose of heavier-than-mud low end, and top it off with tortured, screaming vocals that sound like they’ve risen from the Southern bayou. The latter’s intensity can possibly be attributed to vocalist/bassist Dave Collins losing his big toe due to an accident with his favorite shotgun, which resulted in the recording process for this album coming to a grinding halt.
There are many high points to be found during the course of the record, not just in the music itself, but in the song titles, which Weedeater have never seemed to take themselves too seriously with. For example, the fourth track on the album, “Turkey Warlock” not only gives an interesting mental picture, but buries the listener in low end buzz, as well as some groove-heavy riffing that you just can’t help but nod your head along with. “March of the Bi-Polar Bear” consists of a pounding, unforgiving drum solo of sorts, very appropriate for the title of the song.
Listen to “March of the Bi-Polar Bear”:
My personal favorite track on the album, “Homecoming” arrives toward the end. This song is a great culmination of everything aforementioned, a four-and-a-half minute sludge-fest, which is a great background dirge to pass a joint around to.
The album closes with “Whiskey Creek”, which combines the sounds of crickets near a running stream, with a gentle banjo to wind us down.
Jason..The Dragon will satisfy potheads and stoner metal enthusiasts alike. This album brings back the heavy riffing and classic sludge that is a trademark of Southern metal. It’s not all that different from the material Weedeater has released in the past, but in this case, as with many other albums, familiarity is a good thing. Listeners will be left wanting more, especially since the entire album clocks in at just over thirty minutes. If you liked Weedeater’s previous records, definitely get your weed out for this one – you won’t be disappointed.
Highlights : Turkey Warlock, Whiskey Creek, Homecoming