Album Review: Musket Hawk – Upside of Sick (Unholy Anarchy Records)

Baltimore Sludge/Grind Addicts Musket Hawk formed from the ashes of A Warm Gun in 2011. After self-producing a series of demos, the band’s debut full-length The Form of Disgust was released via SMS Records in November 2013. Since then, they have released a live demo and a 7” split with Philadelphia’s Sunburster (May 2015, Unholy Anarchy Records).

Musket Hawk will now release their long-awaited third album, Upside of Sick on March 29th 2019 on Unholy Anarchy Records.

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Impossibly heavy, Musket Hawk’s blend of filthy sounding sludge with flashes of grind is like an infection. Spreading through the body slowly, a maddening itch that gets worse and worse until you’re begging anyone and everyone to end the suffering.

The slick coating that covers the likes of Hexagon, the touch of groove in the guitars for Dios Mio alongside crushing heaviness and the faster, intensity of Punk Ruined My Life are all moments to enjoy here.

The highlight comes with the finale, Uncouth though. A rager of a track built on a foundation of the sludgiest of sludge but held up by a maddening drum beat, twisted vocals and an insane burst of speed.

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Musket Hawk – Upside of Sick Full Track Listing:

1. Roidhead Swindler
2. Hexagon
3. Dios Mio
4. Punk Ruined My Life
5. Bad Times
6. Uncouth

Upside of Sick and all of Musket Hawk’s previous releases can be found over on Bandcamp. You can keep up to date with their news by liking their Facebook Page and following them on Instagram.


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Musket Hawk - Upside of Sick (Unholy Anarchy Records)
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