Album Review: -(16)- — “Dream Squasher”

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So many people taking the sludge route forget the immense amount of swagger that separates the truly great from the rest of the imitators out there.  The pocket may be damp and muddy, but it is first and foremost deep, and if anyone is doing it better than -(16)- at this point, I don’t know them.  I also don’t know a more aptly named album than Dream Squasher, which ably demonstrates that four years gone only made the riffs more gnarly, the groove baked deeper into the foundation, and the content as harrowing as the times it finds itself in. Continue reading

Sepulchral Saturday: -(16)- “Lifespan Of A Moth”

16 - Lifespan Of A Moth

Sepulchral Saturday is here at last and this time -(16)-‘s seventh full length Lifespan Of A Moth is the focus. It’s been a painfully long four years since their last full length but really this band has always operated on their own terms and good on them for not over saturating while keeping their fans clamoring for more. With the exception of two new members not much has changed for this California four piece. And really, nothing needs to change for this muscular sludge juggernaut either. They’ve seen plenty of internal change, but with this album and this lineup the band sound stronger than they have in years. Continue reading