thou Baton Rouge, You Have Much to Answer for (LP, £14.75)label: Robotic Empire
Easily one of the most exciting modern sludge / doom bands going, Louisiana's Thou channels lifetimes of depression and decay on this album. With scathing commentary laid down by hateful blackened vocals, the band delivers some of the most crushing riffs in ages. Incredibly deep tones and bludgeoning drumming are combined with a surprising amount of melody, making for a powerfully heavy release. Two pummelling tracks over 15 minutes span the A-side, while the flip contains an instrumental drone piece along with a spectacular Nirvana cover that puts a completely crushing take on the Bleach-era tune Sifting. More than 30 minutes of music housed in a striking gatefold LP jacket, Baton Rouge is one of Thou's strongest releases yet.
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