16 - Deep Cuts From Dark Clouds (Relapse)

Punishing stuff from the veteran SoCal sludgesters...
Release Date: 
23 Apr 2012 - 11:30pm

For God’s sake don’t listen to 16 if you’re feeling a little sorry for yourself; And if you have to, absolutely have to, then make sure any sharp objects within reach are safely stowed away and secure for the duration of your listening experience. Ten albums and twenty years in to a career that shows no sign of seeing any silver-lined clouds or end-lit tunnels, this band of Southern Californians delight in laying the filthy sludge on in ten foot thick slabs, each one oozing with malefic intent and a real, tangible ability to cause aural discomfort.

For instance, take a listen to the splendidly-named Bowels of a Baby Killer; Not withstanding the chortlesome, laugh-a--minute-title, the track rattles along at the pace of a rhino just picking up enough speed to successfully charge its third savannah-bound TV crew of the day, it’s relentlessly damaging riffage picking you up like the proverbial rag doll and dashing your ears against the nearest wall with all the grim faced concentration of a demented child punishing a naughty toy. There is something about listening to Deep Cuts… that does indeed seem like punishment, or at the very list like a strangely masochistic pleasure. There’s no let up, no release from agony until the final notes of Only Photographs Remain finally take their leave of your ears, leaving your shaking and daring to hope that your ordeal is at last over but not quite believing it. And then, when silence reigns, you’ll find yourself pushing play again – this is that sort of album…