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The Island of Misfit Toys features Scrid's take on noisy sludge metal, carried largely by John Svec's slow, lumbering guitar riffs and Craig Owsley's disorientated, David Yow-like howling. These two attributes in particular reveal much about the band's sound, particularly since the songwriting and lyrics seem unimportant relative to how massive Svec can make his buzzing guitar tone and how manic Owsley can make his vocals. If you love this sort of overdone, poignant sludge metal, then you might want to hunt this album down. Released on the Lincoln, NE-based indie -ismist Recordings label, Scrid's only LP may not be the easiest album to find, yet if you're curious about an Iowan interpretation of valium-tempo Black Flag/Jesus Lizard without quite as remarkable songwriting, then this album is worth the hunt.


Formed: October, 1993 in Fort Madison, IA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

In 1993, the small Midwestern town of Fort Madison, IA, got a treat of deranged noise upon the debut of Scrid. But by 1994, Bronson Karaff (bass), Nate Gurtman (drums), John Hopkins (guitar), and Craig Owsley (vocals) eventually brought their chaotic hullabaloo a few miles over to Iowa City. Three years of touring the United States would follow before Ismist Records released Scrid's first album, The Island of Misfit Toys, in 1997. Resulting in a number of Killdozer, Cows, and Nine...
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