Black Gaia is a masterclass in dynamics – the instrumentation (super fuzz guitar, low end synthbass, drums) yields a uniquely monolithic riff style. The band moves like a mythical beast (Mastodon wink wink) stomping through a futuristic riff-scape, at times violently taking off on almost comically brutal tempos. Particularly on the track Fangorn, the band masterfully demonstrates they’re erratic brand of stop-and-start groove....
"Musically, Netherlands run parallel to King Buzzo and co. in that
they plum the depths of bassy frequencies, inject them with watery
psychedelic notes and lay unconventional vocals atop — in this case
the hypnotic falsettos of Ellis."
"New York City’s sludgy, synth-driven noise rock provocateurs
Netherlands return with another twisted gem of an album, just in time
to blow minds on their upcoming tour opening for Mastodon and Dinosaur
"A maximalist approach that follows Ellis’ personal mission statement
of making music that can be equally light-hearted, brutal and
ecstatic... The album will further cement the band’s reputation for
crafting pummeling and furious material centered around equally
enormous power chords and arena rock friendly hooks, distorted
synthbass and Ellis’s shouting politically charged lyrics, lambasting
rampant commercialism and greed.....