Borgo Pass

Powered By Sludge

loudbelly / freebird (distributed by Sonic Rendezvous)

The term sludge surfaces again. This means that Borgo Pass from USA feels more at home with a band like Fu Manchu than the very slow type of stonerrock produced by Sleep. The Quintet gets enthusiastic about drag races, motorbikes, and sand blowing. Borgo pass from Baldwin NY plays with the same kind of tension as Kyuss did. They know how to combine the tender sound, guitar solos filled with fuzz and wahwah, up-tempo explosions and pounding drums. At some moments, a band like Alice In Chains comes to mind. Especially if you take a song structure like the one of "Afterbirth". But you can also hear some Corrosion Of Conformity. Wasn't that the band that was one of the first to admit to be heavily influenced by Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy? Borgo Pass is twisting through every corner to mix grunge, stoner, sludge and seventies metal. The outcome is "Powered By Sludge" and surprisingly it has become more than the sum of it's parts. It's like a blueprint and manual for everything that's still happening after Kyuss, Alice In Chains and Soundgarden.

(96 out of 100)

Aardschok Magazine
The Netherlands

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