The strange thing about Big Business is that at first they really don't sound sludgy at all.
There's elements of nineties grunge, alternative metal and a fierce punk attitude in this music. Only after a few songs, that don't really differ very much from each other, the steamroller reaches full force. I'm not saying that the first songs are bad or forgettable but suddenly, in 'Trees', the in-your-face effect becomes clear and the album reaches that overwhelming effect.
After 'Trees', the '(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth' (Metallica) inspired 'Aurum' solo functions as a
breather before 'Doomsday!Today' takes over the listener again. From there it gets as heavy as
humanly possible, sounding like something between Conan and The Deftones. The most remarkable element is the vocals. Big Business doesn't use grunts or screams but powerful clean singing. In combination with the cumbersome riffs and pounding drums, this becomes something truly daring but also very convincing.
After 45 minutes of Big Business it is clear that this is mainly a live band. The music is written
for the stage, something they have been doing a lot during their Melvins time. Big Business opened with a set of their own and after a while the other Melvins members would join to play a headline set.
Battlefields Forever is an outstanding, original and powerful album that would make a welcome addition to any sludge or alternative metal collection, that's for sure. But I think this will be even better when played live...