Monday, 22 August 2016

Salem's Pot - Pronounce This! (2016)

“Don’t try to fight it,” the band’s motto implores, “Salem’s Pot has come to destroy your mind.” It’s the same kind of winking tease employed by low budget horror films of the 70s-80s that essentially dared audiences to experience what they knew they wanted, but couldn’t possibly expect.
Likewise, the new album by mysterious Swedish quintet Salem’s Pot delivers truly gritty and captivating heavy rock in high contrast technicolor: a sonic equivalent of The Last House On The Left, El Topo and Blood Feast. Similar to the way such films made up for their lack of flashy, expensive effects with dim lighting and implied violence, a hallucinogenic sense of true evil lurks in the dark corners

Saturday, 20 August 2016

The Judge - s/t (2016)

Many bands aim for that magic Sabbath sound, but very few are this good. The songs are tight, well written, even dark at times, with a touch of doomy psychedelia that’s like the mushroom on the cake!
The new album from The Judge is a crushing display of heavy riffs, retro-70’s driving grooves, heady lyrics and vocals that sear straight into your soul. A great set of tunes from this un-and-comer of the stoner scene.

“The Jury is out on this one. The Judge kicks ass. It kicks ass in a 70’s hard rock way. This is like the lost classic that has just resurfaced today. This shit rocks!”–

Friday, 19 August 2016

Blues Pills - Lady In Gold (2016)

Using the mystic sounds of the late 60’s and early 70’s as their base, the Blue Pills continue to blend a sweet concoction of blues-rock on ‘Lady In Gold’.The title track gets things off with a fist in the air rock anthem. The droning keyboards form the backdrop for the electric vocals of Elin Larsson as the song builds up to the chorus. Dorian Sorriaux’s guitar is soaked in overdriven furry fuzz and bleeds reverb and swooshing phaser giving off a strong psychedelic vibe.
While there is no denying that the Blue Pills have a love affair for the glory days of psychedelic rock and soul, they make this genre all their own with inventive melodies and hungry rhythms that seek to nest within the essence of your being. This is hammered home on

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Slow Season - Westing (2016)

Contrary to the band’s name, downtime is a rarity for Slow Season. Sandwiched between summer 2015’s extensive tour with their RidingEasy labelmates Mondo Drag and Electric Citizen, plus several short west coast jaunts, the hard-working quartet also found time to hammer out its most powerful and ambitious album yet. Written, engineered, produced and mixed themselves on their own equipment, entirely on analog tape, Westing is a hard-hitting and powerful reminder of how at one time a rock ‘n’ roll band could be a transcendent experience.
While Slow Season’s sound continues to effortlessly nod to the great bands of the 60s-70s, Westing is truly the sound of a band