Artwork by Eric from GRIEF.
Sludge fiends FISTULA have pulled themselves up out of the gutter they call home and hooked up with Boston’s mighty PATAC Records to release the Loser EP. This brand-new 12” is due out in September. According to FISTULA ringleader Corey Bing, “It’s very dark and sad, twisted humor, dense, heavy, tuned LOW. It sounds like The Hounds: old metal, Venom style with GBH undertones. It sounds like Death playing hopscotch with the apocalypse while finger-bangin’ Autopsy.” The six-song record features the band’s trademark sickening guitar tone, agonized vocals, and wretched attitude, worshipping as always upon the bloodstained altars of Celtic Frost, Winter, EyeHateGod, and Buzzoven.
Following in FISTULA’s long-running tradition of all-out chaos and confusion, the Loser EP features an updated lineup – a nasty cast of characters drawn from the likes of Anal Cunt (drummer Nate Linehan) and King Fire Goat (Steve Barcus, vocals) alongside the OG members.
At the heart of Fistula are guitarist/main man Corey Bing (who sings, plays guitar, and/or drums on some releases, depending on who’s flaking out at the moment) and bassist Bahb Branca, the toxic twins of sludge metal, blood brothers who have been to hell and back together. They started the band in 1998, and live a little cave in Cleveland, Ohio called The Fistula House. And, yeah, being the good guys in a world of shit, they have problems. We won’t name names, but a quick look at these guys’ lives over the last year, and it’s like the kind of shit you’d hear at a 12-step meeting. Divorce. Dependency. Depression. Destruction. Shit just got worse. Some people hammered away at Fistula like they were trying to make ‘em quit. But they didn’t. The band is back. Holy shit, are they back.
“We had our ups and downs,” says Bing. “But shit is ON.”
“Loser sounds a lot like the Mimi Bobeck character. Fat and ugly”
“grinding sludge played with reckless abandon. Nothing pretty whatsoever. ”
“The slow bits are like getting kicked in the head by steel-toed boots. The faster pieces are like kicking some other poor yob in the head.”
“whiskey-soaked, bong water-infused sludge, but here’s the twist – it’s also straight punk, almost d-beat at times.”
“a beautiful train wreck of malicious sludge and I absolutely love it.”
“Crushing, aggressive sludgy filth. That is what Fistula boasts and that is exactly what they deliver. I can ask for nothing else.”
“Expect Eyehategod/Buzzoven mixed with Anal Cunt, early Napalm Death, Autopsy/Winter/Coffins… it’s a clusterfuck of low end metallic muscle that’ll be about as gentle as a brass knuckle enema.”
“piss or get off the pot, this is the best Fistula yet!!!!”
“a true hybrid of such genres right down to every detail, rather than the chop and change method adopted by many. Fathered by grind and nurtured from a cynical mother of sludge, this release reeks of qualities of both in a distinctive yet regal fashion.”
-GRIND TO DEATH
“doesn’t necessarily sound like you’re picking up some fine piece of ass at a club, rather some blown out, cellulite-covered white trash motorcycle mama who happens to have your name, and plenty of others, tattooed on her ass. It is horrendous. It is foul. It’s goddamn awesome.”
“Cleveland, Ohio has produced some of the best metallic hardcore in the universe. Bands like Integrity and Apartment 213 have solidified the town’s reputation as a breeding ground for the dark and brooding side of punk. Fistula is no exception. With a much more sludgy, down-tempo approach to hardcore, Fistula have crafted a really interesting musical portrait in Loser”
“With this EP, the band has captured the sound of merciless degradation in glaring, horrifically pleasing clarity. Haunting at times, violent and deadly at others, Loser is the sound of sanity crumbling to dust. The sound of the death knell ringing in our ears. If what “they” say is true…if the end is truly near, then these guys will quite possibly be playing the farewell party. The record’s title must surely be a nod to the band’s detractors, because Fistula are most definitely winning the battle!!”
“This is nasty doom sludge. It reeks of death and is covered with maggots. “Loser” as it is is fueled by the four “D”s- Divorce, Dependency, Depression, and Destruction. That has been Fistula in a nutshell this last year so its no wonder “Loser” is as shit-faced ugly as it is. This stuff doesn’t so much play on your speakers as creep out of them waiting to dissolve you in it’s putrid, toxic waste. Approach this one carefully. You’ve been warned.”
-HEAVY METAL TIME MACHINE