The Velvet Supersloths - Self Titled - Reviewed By Metal Saves! Monday March 22 2021, 9:10 PM
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The Velvet Supersloths - Self Titled - Reviewed By Metal Saves!

The Velvet Supersloths - Self Titled - Reviewed By Metal Saves ! Check it out here at this link: https://www.metalsaves.co.uk/post/the-velvet-supersloths-self-titled-debut-review

The Velvet SuperSloths came together in late 2014 in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Yanick (Bass) and Johnny (Drums) were joking about Johnny’s facial hair and how it "would be perfect to be in a stoner band". Soon enough the two of them decided to put their money where their mouths are and make it happen. So whipping out their phones, they each called friends from previous bands to join them and in what could a record, 20 minutes later Eric ( Guitar/Back vox)  and JF (Guitar) were in, and the only missing link was a solid singer.

The band jammed together and wrote some tunes, soon enough they were able to put together a 4 song demo, hoping it would catch the attention of a strong vocalist. Standing out from the offers they received was one Dave Boisse who the band felt was way above the rest. Boisse being a professional sound engineer was also a huge advantage for a DIY band. 

The Velvet SuperSloths then spent two years composing a lot of songs, crafting their sound, and playing shows. A growing fanbase saw the band release 4 singles in 2017-2018. At that time, They had no intention of releasing a full album. The 4 singles got so many good reviews though that it allowed The Sloths to play even more shows around the Quebec Province and in Ontario.

Late 2018, it became clear that the band needed a full album, as fans began to demand a full release. A lot of graft later and the end result is the self-titled release currently blasting through my speakers. While the band may have joked about stoner metal during their formation they operate firmly in the Groove Metal arena with stoner tinged licks. When it comes to Groove, it's present on this album in bucket loads. Not a track goes by that doesn't get your head nodding or a foot-tapping, The Sloths' sound is infectious, to say the least. 

Boisse's raspy vocal style lends itself well to the super crunchy guitar tone which itself wraps and coils around the underpinning bass work, all pulled together in a tapestry of sound by the furious and unrelenting drums.

Standout tracks are hard to point out due to each song being varied and different from the overs and all produced to a high standard, however, 'Higher Fire' or 'Forsaken Life' are certainly recommended to check out even if nothing else (though you should definitely give this a listen in full). 

'Sold Your Soul' has a rougher edge to it and hits a bit heavier, while 'I Am Penny' has a more blues/stoner feel to it, truly a diverse album that offers more than you may expect at first glance. 

Overall this is an immensely strong debut effort that eagerly showcases what the band holds in it's arsenal but I'm sure that as they progress they will still have surprises in store. This record is well worth a listen and picking up, worthy of being on your repeat playlist for some time to come.  - Rating: 8/10 - Metal Saves

CITY and COUNTRY the band is from: Sherbrooke, Canada
Band/Artist: The Velvet SuperSloths
Album: The Velvet SuperSloths
Label: Hell on the rock
Release Date: January 16th 2021
Genre: Groove Metal

Description:
This is the first full length album from The Velvet SuperSloths. This album is 100% DIY recorded, edited, mixed and arranged by the band members. It's not a concept album, but it's been thought as a journey, an experience as a whole, while individual tracks are still self-contained. Downtuned guitars, catchy riffs and memorable choruses, somewhere in between Pantera and Korn.

Influences for the Album: Pantera, Korn, Clutch, Kyuss, old Sabbath

Track Suggestions: Higher Fire , I Am Penny Irresistible, Sold Your Soul

Support the band on Bandcamp!

Bio:
The Velvet SuperSloths was formed late 2014 in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Yanick and Johnny were joking about Johnny’s beard, which would be perfect to be in a stoner band. Soon enough the two of them decided to make it happen. So they each called friends from previous bands to join in. 20 minutes later Eric and JF were in, and the only missing link was a solid singer.

The band jammed and wrote some tunes and put together a 4 songs demo in a month or so. They released the demo hoping it would catch the attention of a strong vocalist. They got a dozen offers from singers of various styles. But Dave was way above the others. Plus, he is a professional sound engineer, a huge advantage for a DIY band. December 2014, the band was complete.

The Velvet SuperSloths spent two years composing a lot of songs, crafting their sound, and playing tons of local shows. The growing demand brought the band to release 4 singles in 2017-2018. At that time, They had no intention of releasing a full album. The 4 singles got so much good reviews that it allowed The Velvet SuperSloths to play even more shows around the Quebec Province and in Ontario.

Late 2018, it became obvious that the band needed a full album, as fans were almost frustrated they couldn’t buy a physical release from the band. Since every resource needed to produce an album was already available among the band members (sound engineer, graphic designer, marketer, etc), They decided to make it a full DIY project.

The album was due to be released in June 2020 and to go on tour the whole summer. Then the pandemic struck, so the band decided to take their time to put the final touches to the album, and to shoot a music video for the song Higher Fire (released November 2020). Now the groove metal self-titled album has been released January 16th 2021 on Hell on the rock Records (the band’s own label), and the band is firing on all cylinders and is fully ready to take the road as soon as possible.

Check them out on Spotify and add them to your playlists!

Band Line-up:
David Boisse - Vocals
Eric Provencher - Guitar/Back vocal
Jean-François St-Cyr - Guitar
Yanick Brouillard - Bass
Johnny Maximum - Drums

Check out this video!

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CD Track list:

1- Irresistible
2- Higher fire
3- Forsaken life
4- Dead red moon
5- Sold your soul
6- Never too late
7- I am Penny
8- Uncertain Outcome
9- Dirty night
10- Where are you
11- Sloth-toé
12- Realms of death

Follow the band at these links:

www.thevelvetsupersloths.com

https://www.facebook.com/thevelvetsupersloths

https://www.instagram.com/thevelvetsupersloths/

https://thevelvetsupersloths.bandcamp.com/

https://open.spotify.com/artist/34legY79Sj6XdSx0Nqsd3r?si=WMfJGDsJTsyG-PrJ6plb3Q


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