-(16)-‘s “Sadlands” Will Make You Happy
You might assumed, based on the title of -(16)-‘s new album — Dream Squasher — and the title of the two most recently singles from that album — “Me and the Dog Die Together” and “Sadlands” — that the Los Angeles band’s latest offering is kind of a bummer.
Which it is! But I mean. C’mon. You’re a metal fan. You don’t listen to this music for songs about sun and hope and bunnies.
Which is to say, Dream Squasher is a bummer, but in a very not-a-bummer way. “Sadlands” lumbers in a way that “Dog” did not, but it’s got so much groove I can’t imagine it actually leaving any lover of extreme metal feeling depressed. And that’s even with the crazy-disturbing music video, which was directed by Michael Panduro. It’s impossible to mourn when your shit is this good.