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Like most releases on Southern Lord Records, this album from the New Orleans sludge-metal quintet Thou sounds unapologetically evil. Oakland Singles starts with “Smoke Pigs”—five minutes of rumbling, distorted thrash metal with some of the most brutal singing since Mike Williams first recorded with Eyehategod (also from New Orleans). “Their Hooves Carve Craters in the Earth” conjures images of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse over what sounds like detuned guitars buzzing, droning, and moaning through hulking bass riffs. Drummer Josh Nee plays with a kind of desperate ferocity that makes it seems like he’s trying to dig his way out of the La Brea Tar Pits. Doomy bass and haunting atmospheric noise loom over “Here I Stand Head in Hand.” 


Formed: 2005 in Louisiana

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Born out of the swampy humidity of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, stoner/sludge metal band Thou are as massive as they are prolific. Formed in 2005 by guitarists Andy Gibbs and Matthew Thudium, bassist Mitch Wells, and drummer Josh Nee, the band's sound blends the shuddering heaviness of doom with the oppressive atmospherics of black metal, giving the band a monolithic sound that feels, at times, inescapable. Following the arrival of vocalist Bryan Funcke in 2007, Thou released their first full-length effort,...
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