Last updated
Single by 16
ReleasedJune 11, 1995
Genre Sludge
Label Bacteria Sour
Producer(s) 16

"Tocohara" is a single by sludge metal band 16. It was released June 11, 1995 by Bacteria Sour. [1] The single's insert states that both songs were recorded October 22, 1994. [2]

Sludge metal is an extreme style of music that originated through combining elements of doom metal and hardcore punk. It is typically harsh and abrasive, often featuring shouted vocals, heavily distorted instruments and sharply contrasting tempos. While the Melvins from the US state of Washington laid the groundwork for both sludge metal and grunge in the 1980s, sludge as a distinct genre emerged after 1990 through the work of Louisiana bands such as Eyehategod, Crowbar, and Acid Bath, who generally borrowed from Southern rock. Later bands often border on stoner rock or post-metal.

16 is an American sludge metal band from Los Angeles, California. The band is currently signed to Relapse Records. -(16)- has been cited, along with fellow pioneering acts such as Eyehategod, Crowbar and Acid Bath, as one of the subgenre's seminal outfits. In July 2016, the band released their seventh full-length album, The Lifespan of a Moth.



"Tocohara" is named after a publicist with Japanese music label, Toys Factory. Tocohara worked closely with -(16)- during their Japanese tours in the early 1990s. [3]

Track listing

  1. "Tocohara" - 4:41
  2. "16" - 3:53


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