Wednesday 1 May 2024

Juke Cove - Tempest (Album Review)

Release Date: May 03rd 2024. Record Label: Interstellar Smoke Records. Formats: CD/DD/Vinyl

Tempest - Tracklisting

1.The Path










Mateusz Pietrzela - Guitar/Vocals

Dima Ogorodnov - Bass/Vocals

Maxim Balobin - Drums

Guitar solos on "Confined" & "Xanadu" by Phil


Psych/Doom/Stoner Rockers Juke Cove new album Tempest sees them return with a more amplified Punk Rock sound which drifts into a Grunge based state within the seedier parts of the record. The album is rooted within a Trippy and Psychedelic mindset with the sound being surrounded by clear levels of AMPLIFIER heaviness even when Juke Cove ventures into more hallucinogenic waters especially within the opening tracks of The Path and Hypnosis.

There’s a Desert Rock core to Juke Cove’s music which has echoes of The Doors, KYUSS and Truckfighters but with an altogether more DOOM ROCK swagger with the sound being quite JAZZ ROCK based especially within the kick-ass rhythm section of Dima and Maxim on Bass and Drums respectively. Juke Cove also rely on a heavy use of Jam Rock and Improvisation which has a slight EARTHLESS influence and one that allows the band to weave Middle Eastern and sludgy guitars into the mix.

The vocals from Mateusz and Dima are from the classic Stoner Rock movement that merge with a Punk Rock style that has a wicked DIY quality to them. Tempest has a FUZZ ROCK atmosphere that drifts into heavier and laidback styles of Desert/Stoner Rock with the band never too far away from injecting a HEAVY DOOMED OUT groove into the mix.

I even admired the Alternative Rock flow that appears on the later stages of the record with some excellent “IN YOUR FACE” lyrics allowing Juke Cove to perform their own spellbinding style of Stoner Rock aggression.

Other standout tracks include: Well, Confined, Tempest, Burst and the brilliantly original final track of Tempest. These tracks see Juke Cove play different styles of Psychedelic Stoner Rock with levels of SONIC heaviness that soon merges into a more soulful mix of Doom Metal and Sludge Rock extended instrumental passages. With the band never afraid of moving into different eras of Hard Rock and Stoner Rock to get their message across to the underground masses. So don’t be surprised when you’re transported back to the 60’s Hard Rock, 70’s Proto Metal and 90’s Grunge/Stoner scenes on various parts of the album.

If you want another review to check out for Tempest, please check out the fantastic in-depth review over at the brilliant site Screaming From The Heavy Underground written by the hugely talented writer/reviewer Doomcakes.

However, back to my own review. I'll leave you with my final thoughts for Tempest. Tempest is an outstanding album on all fronts with true Punk Rock production values allowing Juke Cove to release their most impressive and riff-fuelled adventure yet.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Juke Cove for the promo.

Tempest will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Interstellar Smoke Records from Friday May 3rd 2024.


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