A lot of good metal comes out of Sheffield and one such band, who emerged from the murky mire in 2014, is Kurokuma. A psychedelic-sludge trio that has been building up a stellar reputation with impressive releases and intense live shows.
Combining aural obscenities with mind-melting tones, the experience of Kurokuma is both punishing and euphoric.
Dropping a demo in 2014, it was 2016’s Advorsus that really saw the band find their feet. The weight of their titanic sludge sound got them noticed. So much so that with show after show under their belts, they began to be known as the face of the UK sludge underground scene.
Amazing stuff and 2018’s Dope Rider just helped solidify that reputation. An EP that was a trippy take on the western genre directly inspired by the Dope Rider comic strip printed in High Times in the 70s and 80s.
Think Sheffield? Think Kurokuma and the daringly titled ‘Sheffield’s Best Metal Bands Vol. 1’ EP that came in 2019, was proof that this band wasn’t staying still.
Not content with being stuck in the sludge sound forever, the progressive and psychedelic nature of the band saw them let their electronica influences spread. Sheffield’s Best Metal Bands Vol. 1 is Kurokuma at their most experimental (for now) while still retaining that unique heavy sound that fans love about them.
Now, we wait. For the release their debut full-length album (recorded with the legendary Sanford Parker) at some point in the near future.
However, if you really need your Kurokuma fix sooner then get yourself to the New Blood Stage on the Thursday of the festival. The trio will be headlining and it is going to be so cathartic. It’s going to be intense and emotional but don’t take our word for it. The band had this to say in regards to what fans can expect:
The set is only half an hour so we’re gonna pick a few tracks from across all our releases including something from the unreleased new album. It’s always a trip. Loud and transcendental. We’re looking forward to our first proper show in a long time and won’t hold back.