Friday 1 May 2020

Lacertilia - Calling The Quarters (Album Review)

Release date: May 9th 2020. Label: Proper Tidy Records. Format: DD

Calling The Quarters – Tracklisting

Cloak And Daggers
Procession Of Lost Souls
At The Edge Of Utopia
Inside The Circle
So Make It Be


Fry - Vocals
Ed - Bass
Tom - Drums
Mike - Guitar
Lucas - Guitar


Calling The Quarters is the new album from Psychedelic Stoner Rockers Lacertilia who are firing on all cylinders from the start with their blend of Stoner Rock/Metal taking influence from Hawkwind and Monster Magnet with a straight Punk Rock attitude. The album is quite intense and experimental in all the right places and feels like the type of album that Monster Magnet used to make in their 90s heyday.

Matthew Fry’s vocals are highly reminiscent of Dave Wyndorf vocal delivery even right down to the high pitched vocals that Fry employs for the majority of this album. Though, that’s not say Lacertilia are not forging their own creative sound. As they do many times on the album with a heavy stylish Punk Rock vibe merging quite nicely and heavily with the Psychedelic Stoner Rock grooves that even have a Progressive and Prophetic vibe to them.

The instrumental work on Calling The Quarters is always engaging and sounds excellent from start to finish with the band showing a fine talent for channelling 70s Psychedelia and Spaced Out Rock. Lacertilia like to experiment with many different Ambient and Cosmic based sounds for a more aggressive style of music.

The opening few songs of “Cloak And Daggers” and Labyrinth both contain that classic “Monster Magnet” vibe and that’s no bad thing. Just expect a more Punk Rock attitude being thrown from almost every direction but it’s the Psychedelic Interludes that make the songs standout and let Lacertilia become more confident and create their own great style of music to impress everyone with.

The heavy guitars from Mike and Lucas and Bass and Drums from Ed and Tom, are always moving the music along at such a fast pace that it’s quite easy to become sometimes lost by the epic riffs the guys provide. As there is so much different going on with the whole album and that’s what I admire the most about Lacertilia and the album in general. The music is always constantly evolving and changing for a more thrilling and violent sound.

Other great songs to check out are: Furthur, At The Edge Of Utopia and So Make It Be. As these contain perhaps the wildest and heaviest riffs on the entire album.

Calling The Quarters is an excellent album from Lacertilia to return with after a 4 year absence. If you’re looking an album that has classic Stoner Metal riffs you can shake your fists at then this is the place to be. Let the guys at Lacertilia be your guide into a more daring, aggressive and adventurous style of Psychedelic Stoner Metal but with streetwise Punk Rock attitude to match.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Proper Tidy Records for the promo. Calling The Quarters will be available to buy on CD/DD via Proper Tidy Records from May 9th 2020.