Honestly, I knew I was in for a wild ride when I asked Netherlands to write this post for us. If you're still unaware of these guys, let me introduce you: they're from Brooklyn. They make a kind of poppy sludge that takes Torche and feeds it through a grinder, belching it out some sort of neon pink, noxious and incredibly groovy weirdness from the other side. They're also don't take themselves too seriously, infusing plenty of their music and its surrounding aesthetics with lots of self-deprecating and society-deprecating humor. Oh, and they're also incredibly hard-working, having released an album and an EP in the last two years and now gearing up for Black Gaia, which comes out on the 24th of August and a tour with none other than legends Mastodon and Dinosaur Jr. You can head on over to their site for dates and a pre-order thing.
We've covered a fair bit of ground with our Starter Kit series, where we select a handful of key records that highlight a niche musical style or penetrate the prolific status of a staple genre. Unfortunately, this format doesn't lend itself to covering proto-genres—microcosms of musical history comprised of a specific set of albums released in a fixed period of time. But these movements are crucial to the evolution of our favorite genres, particularly when it comes to the trajectory of sludge metal. What's become a multifaceted and often refined style was once a disparate lineage of bands from different genres who all applied the "sludge factor" in different measures. While you won't find a dedicated section for proto-sludge at your preferred music store, the following albums an artists laid the framework for the modern sludge landscape. So whether your sludge purveyors of choice come from the atmospheric, blackened or progressive sects of he genre, they're all indebted to the groundbreaking statements these albums made.
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Of course, the main talking point here is that Primate are a hardcore supergroup featuring members of Brutal Truth, Mastodon, Javelina and Otophobia, it would be near enough impossible to ignore it. However, what is just as important, is the fact that Primate don't really sound like any of those aforementioned projects. This is more obviously a group of people coming together to make an album of music in the vein of some bands they all clearly love; an album where Black Flag rubs shoulders with Bad Brains while staring directly into the eyes of early Napalm Death and tapping directly into the primal energy that made all those bands great.