Megasus 

Megasus

For four guys who spend their days glued to computers as developers of video games like "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band," it makes sense that Megasus knows how to shred. In fact, you've probably heard the band's menacingly noisier take on doom and sludge metal since the aforementioned games feature both the title track and "Red Lottery."

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The band's seven-track debut rips hard and hits listeners full force—something like the speed of a bullet train headed straight for Osaka. It's an oppressively heavy slice of metal akin to Eyehategod or Iron Monkey, but mixed with lashing riffs reminiscent of High on Fire. It's a metal sound I haven't heard before, with much more emphasis on the mid-range frequency rather than the low end. It's also a sound that proves worthy of the band's roots—the members, including Lightning Bolt bassist Brian Gibson on drums, all hail from the American noise-rock capital of Providence, R.I.

From the first lumbering chord to the last crushing drumbeat, the eponymous album is drenched in a distinct infectious layer of buzzy amplified edge. That's exactly what makes Megasus stand out. I'm not sure if the band just created a metal subgenre, but whatever Megasus has done, I'm pleased.

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