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Mojo’s Pick of the Week – O by Oranthi

Aussie guitar phenom Oranthi, former axe wielder for Michael Jackson and Alice Cooper, is out with a brand new full length album, titled simply “O”.

Taking pages from the likes of Dorothy, the Pretty Reckless, and Halestorm, all personal favorites of mine, Oranthi runs the from bluesy hard rockers like to ballads like Crawling out of the Dark. Touches of Janet Jackson 80’s rock funk are woven throughout the tracks, giving them a little extra flavor.

You won’t find any Steve Vai level shredding on O, just solid guitar rock tracks that straddle genres and eras.

Standout tracks: Contagious, Rescue Me, Blow

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Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Old Gods by Valley of the Sun

Valley of the Sun - Old Gods is a killer stoner rock albumI feel like I hastily passed this over at one time on Bandcamp, only to have it start showing up repeatedly in my Spotify mix playlists until I had heard enough to realize what a stoner rock gem this album is. If I’d heard it sooner it would have easily made my favorite albums of 2019 list!

Cincinnati’s Valley of the Sun shows off a range of styles beyond the typical fuzz rock outing on Old Gods, their third full length album. At times sounding like QUOTSA, and at others like a Tool-influenced King Buffalo, this album ranges from heavy fuzz rock to light, wistful instrumentals that could have been outtakes from Alice in Chains’ Jar of Flies.

If you’re a fan of Lowrider, King Buffalo, ASG and the like, you should stop what you’re doing right now and check out Old Gods.

Standout Tracks: Old Gods, Dim Vision, Gaia Creates

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Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Reverie by Forming the Void

I’m going to be honest, I thought I had already made this my Pick of the Week. I’d been intending to since it came out in earlier this year, but other great albums just kept dropping to the point where I didn’t realize I hadn’t spread the word about this killer album!

Louisiana’s Forming the Void has been unleashing their special brand of “prog-metal” for years, starting with their auspicious debut Relic in 2015. Their last full length, Rift, was a contender for one of my favorite albums of 2018.

Their latest psych rock full length, Reverie, has a relentless confidence that sounds like it doesn’t care if you listen or not, while it relentlessly drives its way into your subconscious.

Standout tracks: Onward Through the Haze, Trace the Omen

Let this one get under your skin.

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