Thou "Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For" LP

Robotic Empire

$ 15.50

An exceedingly opulent new sludge tome from this Louisiana metal band on Robotic Empire, pressed up onto translucent blood-red vinyl. This is heavy, excruciatingly slow and sonically pulverised material, but as demonstrated by the material over on the A-side, in terms of the doom genre this is an in-depth and highly musical affair that offers plenty of chugging rifferama to soak up. On the B-side there's an opening cut that's essentially a droning bass-fuzz monolith, but then you find an out-of-nowhere Nirvana cover ('Sifting'), which is delivered in a fittingly hellish tone. "Easily one of the most exciting modern sludge/doom bands going, Thou calls Louisiana home and have channeled lifetimes of depression & decay as the inspiration for Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For. Scathing commentary laid down by hateful blackened vocals is merged with some of the most crushing riffs conceived in ages. Incredibly deep tones and bludgeoning drumming are combined with a surprising amount of melody and years of honed songcraft to create a powerfully heavy release. Two pummeling tracks over 15 minutes span the A-side, while the B-side of equal length finds an instrumental drone piece along with a spectacular Nirvana cover that puts a completely crushing take on the "Bleach"-era tune, 'Sifting.'

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