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Southern Discomfort (Century Media)

By: Jeb Branin

About the only thing cooler than this posthumous release by EHG is the fact that the band have since decided not to break up making "Southern Discomfort" no longer posthumous. This CD is a collection of 7" tracks, out takes and alternate versions. Their Bovine released "Ruptured Heart Theory" 7" is here (different version of the song than the one on the last album) and both their Slap A Ham and Ax/ction released splits with 13 are here as well. This CD is both a great introduction to the band and a vital piece of the discography puzzle for fans. Many of EHG's fastest and most violent songs grace this disc ("Peace Thru War" and "Lack of Almost Everything" being my favorites) as well as a couple of their best dirges ("Depress" being the most notable). EHG have helped shape the sludge genre but have also managed to be only poorly imitated leaving them as a relevant part of the overall scene. It is beyond my comprehension that you need prodding to go pick this up but just in case... consider yourself prodded.
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