Netherlands made quite a splash with their previous album Audubon, wowing many critics and fans alike with their unique take on the sludge metal genre. Well, it’s two years later and the streak continues with their new EP Hope Porn, which is being released on the band’s own imprint.

But before we get into the album itself, let’s make one thing really clear. They don’t play your typical sludge. They play a candy colored sludge, full of gnarly riffs, fat synthbass grooves and enough hooks to keep the songs stuck in your head for days. There are hints of new wave. This adds up to a pretty fun time. Sure, you can bang your head and pump your fist to this music, but it will also make you want to dance and a put a smile on your face. That’s what makes this band special. They aren’t your typical sludge metal band.

It doesn’t make you feel bitter and isolated. It makes you feel triumphant.

“Fakir Mintas” opens the album with a chugging riff and some gnarly synthbass before going into a bit of a noise freakout towards its end. “The Moon Boy Swing” is some of the heaviest noise pop you’re likely to hear, plus, it pays attention to its title, and swings. “Negative Likes” takes aim at social media culture. It gets it rock on, before getting it’s freak on, through some falsetto screeching from Timo Ellis, before going a bit nuts, with hectic drums fills and frantic runs on the synthbass. “A New Hope” is danceable and heavy, letting the band’s new wave influences shine through the muck. Speaking of new wave, “Deathless” could be considered “New Wave Doom”. (How’s that for a new sub-genre?) “Rewild!” closes the EP with more heavy fun.

Hope Porn is quite the rush. It’s another awesome, unique record made by an equally awesome, unique band. You’ll definitely want to pick this one up. I mean, who doesn’t want to have a little fun with their heavy?

Purchase the album here.

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