Tuesday 21 June 2016

Salem's Pot - Pronounce This! (Album Review)

Release date: July 22nd 2016. Label: RidingEasy Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Pronounce This! – Tracklisting

Tranny Takes a Trip
Just for Kicks
The Vampire Strikes Back
Coal Mind
So Gone, So Dead

Band Members:

Peter - Bass
Direktörn - Drums
Knate - Guitars, Vocals


Hello again all,

I'll start this off by saying I don't know a lot about this mysterious, Swedish stoner fuzz rock group except that they are a mysterious, Swedish fuzz rock group. This is their 2nd full length released by the great RidingEasy records, and I have to say, it's Amazing!! This band absolutely kills it with this record. It is exceptionally tight, while stumbling through a dreamy, retro, drug induced haze. The production is spot on. The albums 6 songs clock in at a hefty 50 minutes, and every moment is a keeper. The influences can be felt all over the place from Sabbath to The Rolling Stones, The Ramones to Floyd. The Pink Floyd influence is all over this record, and it pulls all the great things about Floyd and none of the tedious or, dare I say, boring aspects of Floyd's persona. This record is completely and totally accessible (in a good way) and will appeal to the Metal, Classic Rock, Stoner, or Blues fan. It is a Rock record in all it's glory!

After a brief synth intro, the first track "Tranny Takes A Trip" kicks in to a stunning fuzzed out groove that starts this dark journey to the center of the mind and beyond. The next two tracks "Just For Kicks" and "The Vampire Strikes Back" keep the groove rolling and at times almost have a bit of a sleaze rock vibe to them. The next track is my absolute favorite. Clocking in at a hefty 12 minutes, the instrumental "Coal Mind" bounces around and sucks you in, just to spit you back out. This song shreds. "So Gone, So Dead: has a country-esque Rolling Stones feel to it. it takes you back for a moment, but then reels you in before smashing you with the closer, "Desire". A dark, dare I say, epic sounding closer that leaves you only wanting more.

This is, by all accounts, my favourite record of the year so far. It is everything you are looking for in a groovy, riff-tastic, stoner rock record. This record has the potential to be huge, and it should be. If you love rock, in any way shape or form, track this record down and crank it up, kick back and bliss out, you will not be disappointed!

Words by Todd Stealey

Thanks to Dave at US/Them PR Group for the promo. Pronounce This! will be available to buy via RidingEasy Records on CD/DD/Vinyl from July 22nd 2016.