Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Stonewall Noise Orchestra Debut album ‘Vol.1’ reissued on November 5th through Heavy Psych Sounds And Release New Video

 Debut album ‘Vol.1’ reissued on November 5th through Heavy Psych Sounds

'Vol. 1' is the legendary debut album from Swedish stoner rockers Stonewall Noise Orchestra, released via Daredevil Records in 2005 and featuring members of Demon Cleaner and Greenleaf. This is a Stoner Rock masterpiece picked with some Black Sabbath and Hawkwind fragments. If you like it heavy and straight in your face, you can't miss this one. 

After more than 15 years Heavy Psych Sounds decided to give a new life to this masterpiece and repress it in completely new coloured vinyl versions.

Here’s the song « Superfortress » (and yes, it just as stomping as it reads): 


S.N.O. (2005 line-up)

Lars-Inge – vocals
Snicken – guitar
Jansson – guitar
Jonas – bass
Mr. Pillow – drums

Thanks to Claire at Purple Sage PR for all of the details.

Mastiff - Leave Me The Ashes Of The Earth (Album Review)


Release Date: September 10th 2021. Record Label: eOne Music. Format: CD/DD/Cassette/Vinyl

Leave Me The Ashes Of The Earth - Tracklisting


1.The Hiss 04:08

2.Fail 01:15

3.Repulse 03:59

4.Midnight Creeper 01:49

5.Beige Sabbath 02:06

6.Futile 04:05

7.Endless 02:43

8.Scalped And Salted 03:48

9.Lung Rust 06:59


Members


Vocals - Jim Hodge

Guitar - James Andrew Lee

Guitar - Phil Johnson

Bass - Dan Dolby

Drums - Michael Shepherd


Review


UK Hardcore/Sludge Metal mob Mastiff return with their blistering and brutal new album Leave Me The Ashes Of The Earth which sees the band continue to evolve with their Pitch Black and almost Black Metal sound. After a well-received appearance on 2020’s Controversial Video Game Cyberpunk 2077 Soundtrack, the guys are now signed to American Label eOne Music after spending 4 years with APF Records. I was worried the guys may have toned down for their new label but it seems the guys have gone further and more extreme with this album.


This album is a brutal and bruising encounter where Mastiff challenges their own expectations on what it is to be heavy in today’s modern world. The end result is a short and concise record that moves to the more extreme sides of Hardcore and Sludge Metal with the bands earlier doomier elements now given an almost Black Metal makeover. Fast-paced slamming beats and brutal drumming only add to the effect with the pissed off growls from lead vocalist Jim Hodge.


With a running time of 30 minutes, this record does have a slight Napalm Death feel with the shorter tracks bringing a heavy amount of aggression and progressively bleak sounds. Though Mastiff still bring their own trademark style of Hardcore and Sludge Metal to an oppressively bleak message contained on the album. There are still a lot of cool “head-banging” moments for fans of Sludge Metal. Just be prepared for a “grindcore” feel and energy to this album.


The record still has a huge “likeability” factor and maybe I shouldn’t say that about this record as Mastiff may want a different experience and sound for people to listen to. However, there is an addictive quality to this record and the production is excellent with even more surprising that the album was recorded in 5 days. It doesn’t feel rushed at all with Mastiff bringing their “A” game to this album.


The majority of the songs run between 2 mins and 4 mins in length but there is still a lot of variety to Mastiff overall sound with the band impressing the most on: The Hiss, Fail, Beige Sabbath, Scalped And Salted and the stunning final song Lung Rust.


Leave Me The Ashes Of The Earth is a no holds barred experience into the more extreme side of Doom/Sludge Metal and Mastiff offer no apologies for this record and why should they?


This is is a stunning record with Mastiff reinventing themselves to be one of the heaviest Hardcore/Doom/Sludge Metal bands of recent years. Long may that continue.


Words by Steve Howe


Thanks to Lisa at Hold Tight PR for the promo.


Leave Me The Ashes Of The Earth is available to buy on CD/DD/Cassette/Vinyl now via eOne Music.


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Sunday, 12 September 2021

Noise & Sludge influenced Mathcore band KRZTA premiere new single!


Polish mathcore band KRZTA have announced an October 8th release date for their new album "ŻÓŁĆ.NISZCZENIE.ZGLISZCZE.". First track of the upcoming record called "Istota" is now streaming on YouTube. The album will be released by Polish independent label Piranha Music

LISTEN TO THE SINGLE: https://youtu.be/4o-5MtZb95w


KRZTA was formed in Olsztyn (Poland) in 2015. Their music is a heavy and loud mix of mathcore with sludge, noise or even post-metal influences full of anger, massive riffs, driven by a bone-crushing rhythm section. Their self-titled debut album was highly appreciated in the Polish underground metal scene, but what the band is famous for are their AMAZING and really intense live shows.

Caution Boy - Alligator (Album Review)


Release Date: September 10th 2021. Record Label: Mongrel Records. Format: DD


Alligator - Tracklisting


1.Alligator 03:42

2.Silence the Screams 04:35

3.Consolation 03:17

4.Ever the Optimist 03:34

5.Swallow Me Whole 03:14

6.Mutual 01:34

7.So Sick 02:35

8.Hue 04:50


Members


Andi Cappo - strings & screams

Treveshan Pather - the oh so low notes

Archie Kinnon - hides & twiggs


Review


Alligator is the debut full length album from South African Sludge/Punk/Stoner Rockers Caution Boy and it’s a cool hard rocking and upbeat affair with spiky lyrics and vocals being one of the main selling points of the record. We’ve heard this style of music a thousand times before but this doesn’t stop Caution Boy giving their best shot and making a highly energetic record with fast-paced grooves that have a sprinkling of early-QOTSA energy to them.


The opening title track is a dirty and seedy number with a minor Psychedelic rumble going on in the background with the Punk fuelled Sludge/Stoner Rock riffs being very much in your face. The song has a slight 90s Rock sound but it’s consistently heavy and even super-fresh towards the end of the song.


Second song Silence The Screams is pure Punk/Sludge Rock territory with ferocious vocals and lo-fi rebellious sound. The song also has a sweet nature in the middle when the mellow vocals appear before the vocals change to a more aggressive stance. There is even a grunge identity starting to appear for Caution Boy and they now have a lot more to say with their music.


The band continue their Sludge/Grunge/Punk/Stoner Rock odyssey on 6 other songs on the album with Consolation, Swallow Me Whole and Hue being the other standout tracks on the album.


Alligator only lasts for twenty six minutes and maybe could have done with a couple more songs to get to the magical half hour mark but this is still an highly accomplished debut record which showcases another “KICK-ASS” band to come out from the South African Sludge/Stoner Rock scene. With the added bonus of Ruff Majik Every Snyman in charge of recording, mix and mastering duties, this record sounds impressive and allows Caution Boy to create music on their own exciting terms.


Excellent and Highly Recommended.


Words by Steve Howe


Thanks to Warren at Plug Music Agency/Mongrel Records for the promo.


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Friday, 10 September 2021

Spacelord To Release Soaring Sci-Fi Single "Enemy Lines" on October 1st 2021.


Spacelord To Release Soaring Sci-Fi Single "Enemy Lines" Oct. 1

Full Album to Drop in Early November

Inspired by Russian science-fiction novel "Roadside Picnic," Spacelord's latest single "Enemy Lines" space-cowboys up with soaring verses and an anthemic chorus. Paired with a b-side cover of Led Zeppelin's "Out on the Tiles," "Enemy Lines" presages the band's third album, scheduled for an early November release. 

"We're both insanely proud of this song," said singer Ed Grabianowski. "We hope our friends in the stoner, doom, and heavy psyche communities love it as much as we do. And we really hope this can reach a wider audience too. There are so many different elements coming together for this song, and for the full album, that I can't even tell you what genre it is. There's stuff here I think prog fans will like, stuff I think roots rock fans will like, classic rock fans, blues fans, even metal fans."

Spacelord made the Doom Charts with their first two albums, and played both the Descendants of Crom Festival and the Music is Art Festival in 2019. The core songwriting team of Root/Grabianowski embarked on a pandemic-induced remote recording project that evolved into what will be their third full-length album. "Enemy Lines is one of those tunes that forces itself into existence," said guitarist Richard Root. "It started as a simple acoustic track, but it was apparent to us right away that this song was begging to sprout much larger wings."

"A few years ago we played a Halloween show where we dressed up as Led Zeppelin and did a set of covers," said Grabianowski. "Even Stairway. But I was more intimidated by trying to do Bonham's drums for this Zeppelin cover than I was trying to do Plant's vocals. This song is so fun to play though. It's ridiculously happy."

Spacelord's third full-length album will be released in early November 2021. 

Critical praise for Spacelord's last album, "Indecipher"


"If you like Corrosion of Conformity, you like Bad Company on steroids, Sasquatch, Spacelord is the kind of band you're gonna be like, 'Oh shit, this is pretty cool.'" -John Gist, The Doomed & Stoned Show

"The band utilize everything from the blues through to desert rock to fill out their grooves and boast a vocalist in Grabianowski who could easily hold his own with...names like Plant, Rodgers and Dio!" - Frazer Jones, Desert Psychlist

"Like an unexpected transmission from outer space, this album stopped me in my tracks!" -Pat Harrington, Electric Beard of Doom

"Listen closely -- this is that dark and seductively dangerous sinner’s kind of musical sinistry." -Leanne Ridgeway, Riff Relevant

Tracklist:

A-side: Enemy Lines (Root/Grabianowski)
B-side: Out on the Tiles (Bonham, Page, Plant)

Spacelord is:

Ed Grabianowski: vocals, drums
Richard Root: guitars, bass, producer

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The Waterfall King - VOL. 1 (Album Review)


Release Date: August 13th 2021. Record Label: Self Released. Format: DD


VOL. 1 - Tracklisting


1.Filth 06:33

2.Crystal 07:02

3.Vessel 08:58

4.Something In The Way 04:35

5.Heavy Rain 12:21

6.It Reminds Me Of The Sun 07:54

7.Earth Roamer 10:44

8.Droning 06:47


Members


Vocals/Guitar - Morion Baynosa

Bass - Trevor Slabaugh

Drums - Nolan Sinnott


Review


 VOL. 1 is the debut album from Psychedelic Doom/Stoner Metallers The Waterfall King. The album cover was the first thing that caught my attention with this being designed by the always impressive MontDoom Design & Illustration. The album captures the essence of the music that The Waterfall King plays on this album. The sound is heavily inspired by the legendary Grunge scene and in particular bands such as Soundgarden and Alice In Chains but with a heavy Spaced Out Doom Metal Flavour allowing the band to play their own great style of Doom/Stoner Metal.


The album is packed full of great songs and sounds that stretch the whole boundaries of modern day Psych Doom/Stoner Metal with a brooding “Drone” element hidden in the background. If you dig bands such as Forming The Void, CONAN and Slomatics but with a heavy grunge aspect then The Waterfall King are a new band to get truly excited about.


Opening song - Filth - shows a brief glimpse of what to expect with this album. Heavy grungy guitars with a sludgier focus on melodies and progression. The vocals are clean based with a deep Layne Staley and Chris Cornell influence in places. The song moves at the power of its own pace but there is a good balance of slow and fast moving parts. The song is bleak and perhaps becomes better because of this aspect. The lyrics have a “real-life” feel to them,


Second song - Crystal - is pure Stone Temple Pilots nostalgia for all the right reasons but The Waterfall King still retains their own sense of style on this song. The slow-paced modern grooves come alive when the gloomy Stoner Metal riffs appear and the vocals add an emotional feel to them. The song is what I call Progressive Grunge with the band merging the different styles of music and they show a fine level of detail with the Psychedelic moments that drift into almost Post-Metal territory. One of the standout songs on the album with the band making their presence known and felt with great creative insight on this song and the majority of the album.


Third song  - Vessel - is where The Waterfall King become bolder and heavier with their music with the heavy distorted guitars and drums leading upto to a stunning vocal performance from Morlon. The song is slow-paced once again but it never overshadows the heavy drone based grooves doing their thing and once that “WALL OF NOISE” is brought down by a mighty sonic groove explosion the song becomes faster and a more threatening style of music. Perhaps more Sludge Metal than “Grunge” it’s cool to hear a different style of music from the band. Allows them to have a forward-thinking approach to their music.


Fourth song  is a cover of the Nirvana classic Something In The Way which was used last year in the new trailer for the highly anticipated The Batman film. This version is heavier and spacier than the original with Psychedelic elements that allows The Waterfall King version to be in their element on this track. It’s a perfect mix of respecting the original and bringing their own flavour to the song. This is another standout track on the album.


Fifth song - Black Rain - is my favourite song on the album with the track clocking in over twelve minutes. The song showcases everything good about this album. Heavy Spaced Out Sounds, A Street-Level “Grunge” Attitude and the Progressive Sludge/Stoner Metal grooves with kick-ass vocals and soaring Psychedelic backdrops that only expands Spaced Out surroundings of the album.


I won’t review the final few songs as I felt I may have spoiled or revealed too much. Though the band continue to impress things even further especially on Earth Roamer and Droning. 


VOL. 1 sounds epic from start to finish with brilliant production values that bring a serious level of heaviness to the party. I’m hoping that there are plans for a physical release on Cassette Tape or Vinyl in the near future. As this album deserves the vinyl treatment. So let’s hope some underground record label signs these guys. As no doubt they would make a “killing” with the Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal community. This album is only to grow in reputation and become one of the acclaimed releases of the underground scene. If not then there is no justice.


VOL. 1 is a breathtaking debut from a band doing something daring and different with the confinements of Doom, Sludge and Stoner Metal. This is one of the best albums of the year. Top 10 material. No doubt. 


Words by Steve Howe


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Stone From The Sky Announce New Album "Songs From The Deepwater" And Release New Video For "City I Angst"

STONE FROM THE SKY : NEW ALBUM ‘‘SONGS FROM THE DEEPWATER’’ FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5th 


Stone From The Sky is a instrumental stoner trio from France. Formed in 2012, the band is going to release its third album SONGS FROM THE DEEPWATER on November 5th, 2021. 

They managed to build themselves a strong reputation on the heavy psych & stoner french and European scene thanks to gigs in Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, UK or Czech Republic. Among their influences, we can mention All Them Witches, The Ocean or the French screamo band Mort Mort Mort. 


Those different references makes the band’s strength, who is able to offer us an evolution with each new album. On Friday, September 10th, Stone From The Sky will release a first single « City I Angst », alongside a music video. 


With this song, the band gives us a tour of their home town : Le Mans, France. ‘‘Songs From the Deepwater’’, The band is pursuing its transformation and keeps breaking the rules of traditional stoner rock. 

This new album is still loyal to the band’s artistic identity but drags us into a darkest and more aggressive atmosphere. No more solar songs Colour Haze style to make room to new playing fields inspired by post-rock, scream or post hardcore, without denying their fuzz essence.

Thanks to NRV Promotion, Management & Relations Presse for all of the details.

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The Amblers share captivating live performance video for Just Get Me To Bed

South African rock duo The Amblers share captivating live performance video

(Photographer – Jacques Schutte)

The grit, the grime, the sweat on the walls, the blood on the instruments and callouses on the fingers and hands. Any rock & roll band that’s put the valuable time into fleshing their sound and creating personal chemistry from the garage to the streets wears this badge with pride, and The Amblers have clearly walked this hallowed path. This is a band seemingly born in the past with a keen eye on the future.

Justin Swart (guitar/vocals) and Jason Hinch (drums) are a South African pair that give previous power duos a run for their money in the bluesy/fuzzed-out, minimalist rock department. Unlike, say, the White Stripes, however, these fellas mesh a swinging Yardbirds-meets-Raconteur’s vibe (complete with large Stooges cojones) with a folk-induced mind-set that makes for a more cerebral listen whilst still rocking out completely, stripped of any bloated clutter.

The guitar sound is a blissed-out Twin Reverb fuzz-fest that hits like a ten-ton hammer dressed in furs, the drums dig deep into the Bonham ‘tight but loose’ swing of Bonham legacy (complete with bombastic weight), and the vocals soar with ethereal, cavernous delicacy, making for a delicious array of sounds that totally, totally dig on each other.

Today sees the release of a live in-studio performance of their track Just Get Me To Bed. The first of an upcoming six-song live album recorded at High Seas Studios in Johannesburg.


Justin Swart explains the reasoning behind it all, “We've been working on ideas and music since the pandemic began. With nearly all live events being cancelled that was pretty much all we could do. Somewhere along the line though, the idea of a live album started to gain traction in the sense that we, in some way would be getting pieces of what we were missing from the live shows in each other, live in the studio. We pitched the idea to High Seas who jumped on board. We brought in Tiger and Lilly Productions to film it. They rest as they say, is history...”

A grass roots band that seeks to become part of each individual listener’s emotional fabric, the guys are down to earth and shed of pretension – Swart puts it best: “We want as many people as we can get to hear our music. Not for popularity, awards, fame, etc. but in the hope that our music will form a part of the lives and memories of people like so many of our musical heroes have done for us.” Theirs is a music that will continue to evolve and push personal boundaries, all the while making your booty move.

With two EP’s under their belt, ‘The Dustling Man’ (2017) and ‘Ratty Old Mo’’ (2018), and an exciting new release in the pipeline, The Amblers are set to be your next favourite band, one that will burn through the electrical crackle of the airwaves and land squarely in your psyche.

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Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Cripta Blue - S/T (Album Review)

Release Date: September 24th 2021. Record Label: Argonauta Records. Format: DD/Vinyl

Cripta Blue - S/T - Tracklisting


Mourning Pyre

Magickal Ride

Tombstone (feat. Ricky Dal Pane from Witchwood)

Creepy Eyes

Spectral Highway

Death Wheelers

A Space Tale


Members


Andrea Giuliani - Vocals/Bass

Federico Bocchini - Guitar

Silvio Dalla Valle - Drums


Review


Cripta Blue is a Doom/Stoner Metal band brought up on the heavy power grooves of Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus and Blue Cheer. Throw in a subtle NWOBHM flavour and Cripta Blue are a different kind of power-trio who revel in the early beginnings of 70s Doom Metal. Their debut self-titled album is full of Psychedelic Soundscapes which brings perhaps a more modern sound. The guitars become down-tuned and more Occult based when Cripta Blue decide the time is right for that heavy sound to control the actions of the entire album.


Cripta Blue is made up of different bands from the Italian Hard Rock and Heavy Metal scene with members coming from Desert Wizard, Rising Dark and Talismanstone. This allows each member to bring their own respective sound to this album. The album has a refreshing seedy attitude and approach to the songs contained on the album. You can experience and hear that attitude on the excellent two opening songs of Mourning Pyre and Magickal Ride.


Both songs contain a gloomy approach with both the music and vocals offering a rough Psychedelic Rock and Blues Rock sound. Though bubbling beneath the heavy grooves is a HEAVY METAL attitude that allows the record to be a more “daring” album that you initially expect. There is a warped 60s/70s Psychedelic vibe to the whole album and that’s perhaps where Cripta Blue draw their biggest and best creative ideas from. 


The atmosphere is very much “Streetwise” or “Streetwise DOOM” attitude with an “Outlaws” mentality with Sabbathian and Blue Cheer riffs coming from all directions especially on songs such as: Tombstone, Creepy Eyes, Death Wheelers and A Space Tale.


The final song A Space Tale sees Cripta Blue go full on Space Rock and bring an excellent and well put together instrumental song that reminds me of fellow of Italian Spaced Out Riffsters Black Rainbow and this remains one of the best tracks on the album, if not the best song. This ends the album on an almighty HIGH....

The production on the album is first rate with Cripta Blue being given every opportunity to impress with their own blend of Psychedelic and Trippy based Doom/Stoner Metal. Overall, this feels like an album that could have easily been recorded in the legendary Hard Rock, Heavy Metal and Doom Metal scenes of the 70s whilst offering a modern day perspective as well.


Cripta Blue are being represented by Italian Powerhouse Label - Argonauta Records. Another fantastic label bringing awesome undiscovered talent to the Doom/Stoner Metal masses and Cripta Blue is another great release from Argonauta.


Overall, Cripta Blue debut full length album is a triumph and if you miss the good old days of seedy 70s Doom/Stoner Metal then this album is an essential one to own.


Words by Steve Howe


Thanks to Mona at All Noir PR.


Cripta Blue S/T will be available to buy on DD/Vinyl via Argonauta Records from September 24th 2021.


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Monday, 6 September 2021

Sugar Horse - The Live Long After (Album Review)

Release Date: August 27th 2021. Record Label: Small Pond Records.  Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

The Live Long After - Tracklisting


1.I Am Not Now, Nor Have I Ever Been... 01:49

2.Shouting Judas At Bob Dylan 05:01

3.Fat Dracula 03:36

4.Phil Spector In Hell 08:06

5.The Live Long After 08:00

6.Terrible Things Are Happening As We Speak 06:03

7.The Great British Death Cult 06:07

8.Dadcore World Cup 08:49

9....A Las Vegas Showgirl 09:12


Members


Drums - Martin Savage

Bass - Chris Howarth

Baritone Guitar, Keyboards, Synths, Gruff Shouting - Jake Healy

Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Ashley Tubb

Strings (Dadcore World Cup) - Mari & Craig Campbell

Fart Library - Andy Hawkins


Review


UK Weirdo Sludge Rockers Sugar Horse is a very hard band to describe. The band move across different styles of Hard Rock and Metal whilst ignoring the rules and genre conventions of whatever style they use. Their debut album The Live Long After is a LOUD, RAUCOUS, BOLD and EXTREMELY NOISY AFFAIR. Sugar Horse use elements of Post-Hardcore, Noise Rock, Post-Metal, Doom Metal and Sludge Metal for a muscular style of music with the majority of this album being mostly experimental. Shades of OCEANSIZE come to mind for this album when they start moving between the quieter moments of Post-Rock sounds to the more frantic atmospheric sludge parts of the album.


Maybe Sugar Horse take a Melvins based approach with how the music is put together or even BORIS to some respects but there’s a lot to breakdown on this album especially with songs such as: Shouting Judas At Bob Dylan, Fat Dracula, Phil Spector In Hell, The Live Long After and the gloriously ridiculously titled Dadcore World Cup.


I’m still not fully sold on the glitches and different breakdown beats this album contains but there is a method to the madness contained on this album. It does add an uncomfortable feeling in places but one that allows the band to elevate their overall sound onto a deeper and threatening level.


Another welcome aspect to this record is the shoegaze elements which is the strongest part of the album and acts as the “GLUE” that holds everything together. The vocals are a mixture of harsh growls, clean and screamo vocals. 


The production is superbly handled and allows Sugar Horse to shine on their own creative merits. The album is always forward thinking and the songs sound strikingly different to each other. If you’re in the mood for an experimental album that focuses on both the melodic and heavier grooves then Sugar Horse is most definitely worth checking out.


The Live Long After is an essential release and could mark the arrival of a very important band within the UK Experimental/Doom/Sludge Metal scene. 


Words by Steve Howe


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Sunday, 5 September 2021

Band To Check Out - Sound Animal


Sound Animal is an Experimental Avant-Garde or One Person Artist. As this fantastic project is the work of one hugely talented individual. Sound Animal play a lot of different styles of music such as Doom Metal, Psych Metal, Stoner Metal, Folk, Post-Rock and Post-Metal.

Their BandCamp Page is overflowing with awesome songs that are quite diverse, weird and unusual but also thrilling examples of Doom Metal and Stoner Metal such as Listen Around and Walk Your Mastodon being my two personal favourites of the entire collection.


Though Sound Animal show their Post-Rock/Post-Metal side on tracks such as: End Of Neverending and Before And After Ghosts.

Sound Animal play every instrument themselves and there's a lot of different instruments depending on what style or genre the song actually is.

Check out Sound Animal. There's bound to be something you like. I believe Sound Animal has a new album coming out soon and I for one will be checking that out when

Words by Steve Howe


Solar Mantra - Away (Album Review)

Release Date: September 03rd 2021. Record Label: Argonauta Records. Format: DD/CD

Away - Tracklisting


1.Stone Rider 03:43

2.Pacciani 04:47

3.Candyman 03:47

4.Monster from the Abyss 04:17

5.Mazinga 05:22

6.Thiz Iz 05:45

7.Hard as a Stone 04:30

8.Hurricane 04:41

9.Crown 04:44

10.The Snake 04:06

11.Solar Mantra 06:59


Members


Tommaso Santillo - Voice

Francesco Carretti - Guitar

Federico "Quattro" Lombardi - Bass

Simone Bianchini - Drums


Review


Away is the new album from Italian Desert/Stoner Rockers Solar Mantra with the band leaning firmly on the 90s scene for a heavier sound that has an early Orange Goblin and KYUSS twinge within their overall sound. The album is perhaps a tad too long but you can’t deny the quality of the songs held on Away. As this album moves between the different levels of Fuzz Rock, Desert Rock and aggressive Stoner Metal. The band even finds the time to add strands of Classic Hard Rock and Heavy Metal which you can hear in the excellent opening song Stoner Rider.


Second song Pacciani has a “Velvet Revolver” attitude and style to it but still being a Desert Rock/Stoner Metal song. THe music is plentiful and heavy with a buoyant attitude and the vocals have a troublesome feel to it. The song is a mixture of 90s Stoner Metal attitude and a modern gloomy vibe. This song shouldn’t really work but it does and that’s down to the cool inventive and different styles of music the band have employed here. The song is quite soulful within the quieter moments before the heavier grooves fully take over.


Third song - Candyman - opens with heavy grooves before the band bring a groove straight from legendary hard rockers “CREAM” were known for and the “sweet-natured” lyrics make this song quite a funky and fun little number. 


From here on in, Solar Mantra play a mixture of different styles of Desert Rock and Stoner Metal for the remainder of the album with Tommaso vocals being the best thing about this record. The dude can sure sing and he has a great vocal style and delivery all of his own but the whole band bring their “A” game to the party and make this album a refreshing change of style.


Other great songs to checkout are: Monster From The Abyss, Thiz Iz, Hurricane, The Snake and Solar Mantra.


The second half of the album is perhaps the most exciting part of the record with the best ideas, songs and heaviest grooves can be found especially on the final 3 songs of the album.  As I said earlier in the review, the album is a tad too long but it’s the journey that Solar Mantra takes you on with this record that makes it such an exciting listen. The band never play it safe and take some bold creative choices on this record which ultimately works to their favour. This makes Away a fantastical and action packed record that will satisfy your Desert Rock/Stoner Metal cravings.


Argonauta Records are releasing this record and it’s good seeing Gero putting the spotlight on these guys and it showcases another great band from the Italian Stoner Rock/Metal scene. 


Excellent and Highly Recommended.


Words by Steve Howe


Thanks to Mona at All Noir PR.


Away is available to buy now on CD/DD via Argonauta Records.


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