The funky former drummer for legendary stoner rock band Kyuss has been steadily making 70s influenced groove rock for years, and his latest effort, Mankind Woman, may be his best. Thick and rich like the chocolate referenced in the killer opener “Chocolatize”, this album sways and swaggers with the best of them.
Mankind Woman was largely written by Bjork and longtime friend & fellow desert rocker Bubba Dupree, and includes guest appearances by Nick Oliveri and Sean Wheeler. If this came out in June instead of September it could have been a contender for album of the summer. It will make you move.
Standout tracks: “Chocolatize”, “Pisces”, “1968”. This is the soundtrack of the funky revolution.
Find the album here on Heavy Psych Sounds’ Bandcamp
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I loved Fire Down Below‘s debut so much that their sophomore album arrived with some admittedly unreasonable expectations from me. I mean, Viper Vixen Goddess Saint was my literal favorite album of last year, kind of hard to live up to. This one, however, just didn’t grab me…. Not right away, anyway. But after that initial letdown, I gave it another go and it got under my skin. And it started haunting my dreams. And then I couldn’t stop listening to it. And now it’s my belated Pick of the Week, after having listened to it many times over the last month since its release.
Hymn of the Cosmic Man is basically a concept album, loosely based around the story of a man who volunteers to go into space to save the planet, with what are, let’s say, some mixed results. Along the way we get treated to our own trip as the music twists and turns from laid back instrumentals to driving rock and spacey mixed key interludes… and then is over before we’re ready to be brought back to earth.
Standout tracks: Ignition/Space Cruiser, Saviour of Man.
I am loving these Belgian blokes and their imaginative heavy fuzz rock, and until I can see them live I’ll just keep blasting these albums as often as I can!
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Portland’s legendary doom outfit Witch Mountain just dropped a self-titled LP and it is a must-have for heavy blues, stoner and doom fans!
Witch Mountain has been around since 1997 with a few lineup changes. New vocalist Kayla Dixon is a revelation, her vocals alternately soaring, growling, and hitting you with the heavy feels.
I had the pleasure of seeing them live in San Francisco last week, and they brought arena level energy to the small club I saw them in. These guys are the real deal. Catch them if you can!
Witch Mountain is currently on tour playing with local openers across the US, July 11 to August 12. Their latest effort is available on Bandcamp.
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