Saturday 10 February 2018

Sundrifter - Visitations (Album Review)

Release date: 9th February 2018. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Visitations – Tracklisting

1.Sons of Belial 04:35
2.Death March 04:46
3.Lightworker 04:15
4.Targeted 04:45
5.Till You Come Down 05:08
6.Hammerburn 04:16
7.Sky Peoples Son 06:22
8.Fire In The Sky 08:08
9.I Want To Leave 05:45


Craig Peura - Vocals and Guitars
Patrick Queenan - Drums
Paul Gaughran - Bass


The first thing that drew me to Sundrifter’s second full length album – Visitations – was the awesome artwork by the legendary Branca Studios. The artwork is based on the old Atari 2600 Video Cartridges from the seventies/eighties. (You kids should ask your folks on what games systems we had growing up). Anyway back to the album. So what can you expect with Visitations and Sundrifter’s overall sound.

You can expect a heavy and different mix of Desert Rock, Stoner Rock and top-heavy Psychedelic Space Rock sounds. It’s quite an original sound in places. As I haven’t heard many Desert Rock bands merging Psychedelic Space Rock together.

The result is quite exciting with the opening song Sons Of Belial – offering a convincing style of loud riffs and passionate vocals. The music is drenched in heavy FUZZ sounds and the Desert/Stoner Rock elements only draw you into Sundrifter’s world. The band is comprised of three musicians and takes up the classic “power-trio” route. Though are some parts of the album where the band sounds like they have more members.

The vocals have that classic Desert/Stoner rock vibe with Craig's vocals taking influence from the legendary vocalists from the Stoner Metal scene over the last twenty five years or so. Visitations has nine tracks in total and every one of them simply sound fantastic. Songs such as: Death March, Lightworker, Targeted, Till You Come Down, Sky Peoples Son and Fire In The Sky offering the heaviest and exciting parts of the album.

I didn’t really want to do a song by song review as the album flows brilliantly and naturally throughout. It feels like that the band created one epic song but split into nine individual chapters. The lyrics are superb throughout as well. With Sundrifter putting a lot of thought and effort into the overall context of the lyrics.

Though it’s the music that’s the main attraction here. As Sundrifter create an exciting sound that will appeal to fans of Kyuss, QOTSA, Fu Manchu, Truckfighters and fellow Boston riffsters – Summoner.

Visitations production is superbly realised and handled from start to finish. The mixture of different sounds that Sundrifter possess here will surely help them gain a bigger audience within the Psych/Desert/Stoner Rock spectrum. I’m hoping this album is given the respect it deserves and be given a Vinyl Release in the future. I’ve heard so many good albums this year so far and I’m happy to state now that Visitations will end up as one of the best Stoner Rock/Metal albums I’ll hear this year.

Visitations is simply a must have album and one that you will be listening to for a very long time come.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe