May 24, 2022

This is the fourth record in the Tor Johnson Records 20th Anniversary subscription series. Of all the bands announced for the series, Thou and Heavy Mantle were two of the bands I was most excited to hear, and it’s great having them both on the same record. It completely took me by surprise to hear the sludge/doom/noise band Thou cover Primus’s “Bob” from the album Pork Soda. It was a decent cover, and they certainly put their own spin on the song, I just wonder if there wasn’t another Primus song better suited to their style? The Heavy Mantle side of the split features three songs with their new drummer. The songs pick up right where the band left off with their 2018 LP Weights & Measures, also released by Tor Johnson. It’s punk-infused indie rock. Fast, catchy, and melodic. Sonically, it’s night and day different from Thou, but equally as good. –Paul J. Comeau (Tor Johnson, [email protected])