Make Ready the Cross (Inkblot)
Woefully brutal, Sadville’s first LP, Make Ready the Cross, hit like a sledgehammer back in January. After signing with Brooklyn’s Inkblot Records, they recorded seven sludge masterpieces, many of which had been polished at live shows and house parties over the last four years. These songs are fast and, at times, mordantly beautiful, with Travis Flatt’s growls spiked on top. “The Forbidden Dance of Decay,” a manic grind that focuses on the horrors of both love and lycanthropy, has the sheer barbarism that we’ve come to expect from Sadville. The title track is just as fierce, with its propulsive chugs courtesy of guitarists Lucas Flatt and Blan Williams—they’re loud, hard and, more often than not, fueled by the promise of sweet catharsis that never seems to come.