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Demonic Death Judge (The Trail)

Crank this to 9.9 of 11 - Editors' Pick

Released: 2020

Genre: Sludge, Stoner Rock

Sounds Like: Cavity, Weedeater

Demonic Death Judge

Upon first glance of the new album cover for Finland’s sludge foursome, we thought maybe they have gone towards a post-metal or post-rock sound. The landscape photo is a welcome change rather than the traditional stoner themed illustration. Picking up from their last album Seaweed, Demonic Death Judge have elevated their game on this one. The Trail is 48 minutes of brutal sludge with elements of old Cavity, a side of Weedeater darkness and some Clutch groove for good measure.

Demonic Death Judge introduce a more exploratory side to this album, which is the big draw, it’s more than your traditional sludgy affair. Tracks like “Fountain of Acid” with it’s hallucenigetic groove or the mesmerizing journey of “The Trail” bring the album to new realms of sludge heaviness. The vocals are in the typical crusty and raw fashion, which we would expect nothing more. The percussion is steady and beefy while the guitars produce a hypnotic and deep fuzzy groove, creating one hell of a heavy record.


1. Cougar Charmer 01:21

2. Filthy as Charged 05:53

3. Hardship 04:43

4. Elevation 04:13

5. Shapeshifting Serpents 05:53

6. Flood 06:35

7. Fountain of Acid 02:53

8. Cougar Charmer (Reprise) 03:12

9. The Trail 08:49

10. We Have to Kill 04:42

Standout Track(s)

”Shapeshifting Serpents” is so fucking addicting, perhaps it’s the sludge song of the year. The spacey vibe coupled with the heavy fuzz is downright inspiring. A classic in our rotation.

Adult Beverage Pairing

We want something bold with with some kick. Pick up Big Yeti by Colorado-based Great Divide Brewing Company. This smooth 13.2% ABV Imperial Stout offers complex coffee roast flavors and pairs perfectly with the heavy fuzz of The Trail.



Vocal Performance

9.8 out of 11

Risk of Subwoofer Damage

10 out of 11

Captivation and Variety

9.9 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy

10.2 out of 11

Sludge Onslaught

10 out of 11

Overall Album Flow

9.8 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics

9.5 out of 11

Production Value

9.9 out of 11


Final Thoughts

Demonic Death Judge has released on of the top sludge albums so far in 2020. This is a no brainier for fans of the heavy, this album will easily add great variety to your rotation.


Jaakko Heinonen

Toni Raukola

Eetu Lehtinen

Lauri Pikk

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