I nearly reviewed Wolves & Trees, the 2013 EP by Raleigh, North Carolina's Bedowyn when it was released. Consider this post to be an endorsement of that release as well, but its successor, Blood of the Fall is superior. This four-piece writes the kind of highly listenable sludge that I can get down with. They don't bow to the power-pop sensibilities of, say Torche, the high velocity shredding of most Mastodon clones, or the feedback-loving Morass of Eyehategod. Rather, they rely on a well honed sense of melody and a few great solos to carry the day. I especially enjoy Todd Parham's bass solo just past the halfway point in "Lord of the Suffering"

Blood of the Fall is out May 27 on Via Nocturna. Follow Bedowyn on Facebook.