Friday 15 March 2024

BONGZILLA - Dabbing (LIVE) Rosin In Europe (Album Review)

Release Date: March 15th 2024. Record Label: Heavy Psych Sounds. Formats: CD/DD/Vinyl

Dabbing (LIVE) Rosin In Europe - Tracklisting

1. Sundae Driver (live at Duna Jam)

2. King of Weed (live at Minoga in Poznan, Poland)

3. Free The Weed (live at Minoga in Poznan, Poland)

4. Greenthumb (live at Voodoo in Belfast, Ireland)

5. H.P. Keefmaker (live at Voodoo in Belfast, Ireland)

6. Hippie Stick (live at Minoga in Poznan, Poland)

7. Gestation (live at Duna Jam)


Mike "Muleboy" Makela - vocals & bass

Jeff "Spanky" Schultz - guitar

Mike "Magma" Henry - drums


Legendary Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metallers BONGZILLA  first live album with Dabbing (LIVE) Rosin In Europe which was performed across multiple European locations for a record that oozes their classic WEEDIAN sound with a Punk Rock attitude. The album doesn’t feature their lengthier compositions that’s featured on their last few releases but you’re still treated to a great selection of classic tracks that the band have made their name with over nearly thirty years in the business.

The tracks are mostly from 2021’s Weedsconsin and 2023’s Dab City with a couple of classic tracks such as Greenthumb being added to the set list. Despite this record being played at different locations, the album still feels and sounds like it was recorded from the same performance. There is a rough sounding quality to the record which allows the listener to fully experience the definitive BONGZILLA performance live on stage. The grooves are aggressive and downright nasty in places which is what you expect from this great band. However, there’s some fantastic FUZZED UP and SLUDGY attitude that’s appeared within their collection of Heavy Psych Sounds releases over the last few years.

Mike’s vocals are harsh and abrasive as ever with some wicked moments of humour appearing here and there especially when he name checks another legendary WEEDIAN metal band live on stage. 

Standout tracks to checkout are: Sundae Driver, King Of Weed, Free The Weed and Hippie Stick. These tracks are perhaps where BONGZILLA impress the most with their enthusiastic and unapologetic stage presence where the AMPLIFIERS are electrically charged with some epic FUZZY SLUDGE grooves that only this great band can deliver.

My only complaint is that it’s a tad too short, lasting under forty minutes. I wanted something a bit longer especially with this being BONGZILLA’s first live album. However, Dabbing (LIVE) Rosin In Europe delivers a superbly entertaining diversion for dedicated followers of BONGZILLA and the WEEDIAN way of life. 

The album does a wonderful job capturing BONGZILLA at their absolute best and this is another sublime release from Heavy Psych Sounds.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Purple Sage PR for the promo.

Dabbing (LIVE) Rosin In Europe is available to buy now on CD/DD/Vinyl via Heavy Psych Sounds.


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