UK sludge acts Slabdragger and Wren have teamed up for a new split release, transforming Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart classics into towering doom monoliths. It’s out this Friday, but you can hear the whole thing right here, right now…
The split goes by the rather fantastic name ‘Mothers Of Beef And The Magic Of Invention’, and will be released on 12″ vinyl, CD and digital download, complete with some snazzy artwork courtesy of Terra drummer Luke Braddick.
If you’ve had the pleasure of catching Slabdragger live recently, you’ll have probably heard their crushing rendition of Zappa’s ‘Muffin Man’ already, but this studio version is an absolute monster, amping up the original’s riffs to ludicrous levels and morphing the song’s hilarious intro monologue into a sickly, nightmarish soundscape.
On the other side, Wren slow Beefheart’s spritely ‘Electricity’ down to an almost unrecognisable crawl, revelling in the original’s implied heaviness and finding previously unexplored nuances within it at the same time.
It’s a wild ride indeed, but don’t just take our word for it – check it out in full below…
28.10.17 – The Black Heart, London, Halloween Blood Bath
4.11.17 – The Wheatsheaf, Oxford
5.11.17 – Temple Of Boom, Leeds (w/ Employed To Serve)
25.11.17 – Riffmas 2017, Brighton
03.02.18 – The Underworld, London
05.05.18 – Projekts MCR, Manchester
04.11.17 – Damnation Festival, Leeds
30.11.17 – Holy Roar Xmas Show, Old Blue Last, London
08.12.17 – Smokin Bones Club, The Green Door Store, Brighton
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