The Body - The Body Digi-CD
The Body's self-titled album is a worthy addition to the sludge subgenre, if only because it subverts so much of what is ruining sludge metal. It dispatches with the sublimity that makes Cult of Luna, Pelican, and the like so weak and uninteresting and replaces it with a muscular heaviness that's more in line with extreme metal aesthetics. The Body is content to pound away, putting variety in the heaviness instead of variety without the heaviness. This album definitely more than listenable if you've been craving something heavy, loud and mean; The Body isn't rewriting the definition of sludge, but neither have they forgotten what the definition of sludge actually was in the first place.