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Sludge Metal

Sludge metal (sometimes referred to simply as "sludge") is a subgenre of heavy metal that melds elements of and ; sometimes southern rock. Sludge metal is typically harsh and abrasive; often featuring shouted or screamed vocals, heavily distorted down tuned instruments and sharply contrasting tempos. Sludge generally combines the slow tempos, heavy rhythms and dark, pessimistic atmosphere of doom metal with the aggression, shouted vocals and occasional fast tempos of hardcore punk.