I Am Duckeye – Welt (Album Review)

Release Date: August 06th 2021 - Indepandent

I Am Duckeye - WELT

Stoner/comedy rock/metal legends from Melbourne, I Am Duckeye are back at it again with their 6th studio album, WELT. For the uninitiated, I Am Duckeye brings a unique offering combining rock and metal sounds with a fun comical perspective. Perhaps their most famous song is the ridiculous Punching Dicks. It’s silly but it’s fun, and we could all do with some fun. WELT was released in December 2021.

WELT is a sludgy, grunge-fest from start to finish. It’s the ghost of 90’s alternative music reminiscent of the best Nirvana-esque sound. Did I say I Am Duckeye are from Melbourne, I meant to say they’re from Seattle and this album was released in 1997. Jokes aside, I Am Duckeye have tastefully included distinct metal-inspired vocals throughout the album, ranging from the aforementioned grunge to deeper more guttural sounds.

The standout track for me is Mum’s Wine, though the shortest track on the album it’s guttural and sludgy and gritty. It’s great. Mango Tree is another excellent track with its heavy bass-laden riffs giving it this heavy undertone that almost has a physical texture to it. At times it feels so sludgy that it’s like wading through mud.

I am going to sound like a broken record here if you’ve read any of my previous reviews. I’d have liked to see the band demonstrate their depth of talent. I know it’s there; I get glimpses of it from time to time, but overall WELT doesn’t demonstrate depth. Sure, the sound is polished, but I just wish I Am Duckeye had experimented further with other sounds.

If you’re a fan of the gritty stoner sound of the ’90s then be sure to give WELT a listen. There are some gems in this album for sure. If that sound isn’t your cup of tea, then you’re probably going to struggle.

Tracklist:

Sifting
Mango Tree
Sunny’s at Mass
Loopstations
Sleep
Night Cuts
Frankston Burial
Mum’s Wine
BIC
Wise Cowes

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Release Year: 2021
Label: Independent
Category: Album
Country: Australia

Reviewed by Phil Bergersen