Tuesday 1 May 2018

Kaiser - 1st Sound (Album Review)

Release date: May 25th 2018. Label: Oak Island Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Poseidon – Tracklisting

High Octane Supersoul
Desert Eye
We Bleed For This
Fuzz Of Fury
King Of Horizon
Galactic Crusade


Otu - Strings 'n' vox
Pex - Lows
RiQ - Beats


Kaiser new album 1st Sound is an amalgamation of heavy different musical sounds such as Desert Rock, Stoner Rock, Fuzz, Psych and Sludge Rock. The album is a turbo charged affair with Kaiser on inspired form from the start. Taking influence from Kyuss, Fu Manchu and Truckfighters. 1st Sound is an album that doesn't take long for Kaiser to start playing a hybrid Desert Rock/Sludge/Stoner Rock sound with elements of Psychedelic Rock and Grunge vibes making a welcome appearance.

First track - High Octane Supersoul - is fast-paced and upbeat number with the band showing a decent amount of FUZZ based energy. The vocals has a grunge based vibe especially towards the end of the song. Before that Kaiser opt for a Psychedelic Fuzz/Stoner Rock sound that has a certain vintage feel.

Second track - Desert Eye - carries on the fast-paced Psychedelic Desert Rock sound with Kaiser adding a more modern Stoner Metal groove that fans of Truckfighters will no doubt enjoy. The instrumental work is quite progressive in parts with Kaiser expertly switching the mood to one of pure relentless energy.

Third track - We Bleed For This - follows the same psychedelic path as the opening tracks but with a more aggressive edge especially with the vocals. From here on in Kaiser simply create more exciting moments as the album progresses from one song to the next.

Other great songs to check out are: Voidmaster, Ouroboros, Earthquake, Fuzz Of Fury and Galactic Outside. Some of the songs maybe slightly too long at times but Kaiser soon find a way to keep the overall mood of the album exciting and fresh.

The best parts of the album is when Kaiser opt for a heavier grungier sound and the vocals follow the same path. 1st Sound production is clear and crisp as the sound can be quite vintage and modern at the same time.

Kaiser have released one of those albums that the Desert/Fuzz/Stoner Rock community will go crazy for.

Kaiser have delivered the goods with this HEAVY MONSTER. 1st Sound is pure Stoner Rock entertainment of the highest order.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Adam Holt from Kozmik Artifactz for the promo for the promo. 1st Sound will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Oak Island Records from May 25th 2018.