Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Dead Rock Commandos by Nightstalker

While there are definitely some worthy new releases that could get my vote for Pick of the Week right now, I’m having too much fun listening to Dead Rock Commandos by Nightstalker to not upvote it this week.

Nightstalker is a stoner metal band from Athens, Greece, and songs from this killer 2012 full length album keep popping up in my Spotify.

Probably because I dig Puta Volcano so much, this and a couple other great Greek rock and roll bands like Villagers of Ioannina City find their way into my Daily Mix playlists constantly. I love it.

Standout tracks: Dead Rock Commandos, Go Get Some. Check out the title track from Dead Rock Commandos and get hooked like me!

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Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Excruciation by Curse the Son

Of the recent very good new rock releases (and there have been many!), one that I keep coming back to is the latest full length from Connecticut’s Curse the Son.

Excruciation grabs you by the collar with the energetic gallop of “Suicide by Drummer” and leads you down some dark, dirty alleys, including twists into swampy, dirty blues along the way. Chock full of fuzzy riffs and sludgy beats overlaid with Ozzy-esque vocals, this album is a tasty sonic treat.

Fans of Black Sabbath and any of the NWOBHM bands will find this a headbanging relief from slick pop and modern production.

Standout tracks:  Suicide by Drummer, Worry Garden, Devil Doctor Blues

Excruciation by Curse the Son, Ripple Music, June 12, 2020

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Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Vista Chino

vistachinoYou only think you don’t know who Vista Chino is. After the legendary stoner rock band Kyuss reformed as Kyuss Lives! in 2010 with Belgian guitarist Bruno Fevery filling Josh Homme’s shoes, they ended up having to drop the name Kyuss for legal reasons and became Vista Chino. Bassist Nick Oliveri has now returned to his own group Mondo Generator (named after a Kyuss song), while the absolutely amazing Mike Dean from Corrosion of Conformity has stepped in for their current tour in support of their debut album “Peace”, out now.

If you are or ever were a Kyuss fan, absolutely, positively, do not miss a chance to see Vista Chino, and revel in the reborn glory of desert rock legends playing their heavy, groovy classics with love. They play tonight at the Echoplex in LA with Portland’s Black Pussy, seriously, catch them if you can!

Stream “Peace” and read John Garcia’s thoughts on each track on Spin.

In the meantime, enjoy this Kyuss classic from Welcome to Sky Valley, well represented in their setlist:

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