Wednesday 11 July 2018

Red Sun Atacama - Licancabur (Album Review)

Release date: June 29th 2018. Label: More Fuzz Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Licancabur – Tracklisting

1.Atacama ((intro)) 00:36
2.The Gold 10:39
3.Red Queen 05:53
4.Cupid's Arrows 01:45
5.Drawers 04:27
6.Empire 11:59


R. : Drums/Powerhouse
C. : Bass-Vocals/Vibe
V. : Guitar/Magic


Red Sun Atacama debut album Licancabur is a dynamic mix of Desert Rock, Stoner, Psych, Fuzz and Garage Rock. The opening song - Intro - is a nicely played instrumental song which doesn't really offer much in the way of excitement. It could have easily been left off the album. Though Red Sun Atacama finally spring the album into life with the excellent second track - Gold. A constant heavy mix that draws the best parts of Kyuss and Truckfighters into one fast and heavy package.

The vocals have a cool retro Desert Rock feel. The production is very rough and ready but that's a good thing as this allows the band to play to their strengths. The music is always constantly engaging and never bores you for a second.

The heavy FUZZ sound does have the early sounds of Truckfighters running through its veins. The garage rock atmosphere at least allows Red Sun Atacama in treating the audience to fast-paced and heavy Desert Rock adventure. Songs such as Red Queen, Drawers and Empire is where Red Sun Atacama impresses the most as they start creating music on their own terms.

The lyrics are very direct and match the music superbly well. This is what you expect for an album such as this. Maybe the album could have done a couple of more songs just to make the album that little bit longer. As the album has a brisk thirty-five minute running time. However there is a lot of fun to be had. Especially when the Psychedelic Desert/Stoner Rock grooves takes centre stage and demands you take notice of the band.

Overall, Red Sun Atacama has created a superbly entertaining album that will leave you with a warm FUZZY feeling for a long time to come. If you're a fan of Kyuss and Truckfighters then Licancabur is the album for you.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Tanguy at More Fuzz Records for sending a promo to review, Licancabur is available to buy on DD now. Vinyl will be released later this year via More Fuzz Records.


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