AL­BUMS

COME & CHUT­NEY RIFF ROCK LON­DON STONER/PSYCH LU­NATICS BEAM DOWN FROM PLANET WRYD

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Hammer Contents - ED­WIN MCFEE

Col­lab­o­ra­tions from Uni­form and The Body, and Woven­hand’s David eu­gene ed­wards and ein­stürzende Neubauten’s Alexan­der Hacke, plus The lion’s Daugh­ter, Fukpig, ob­scura, Ax­e­grinder and more.

SOME BANDS WANT to watch the world burn, oth­ers rage against the ma­chine, and then there are those who bur­row un­der­ground and ex­plore the con­fines of their own cra­ni­ums with a lit­tle help from booze, drugs and uplifting, down­tuned riffs in a bid to get some respite from the herd. Corpse­paint-lov­ing, tie-dye en­thu­si­asts Chubby Thun­der­ous Bad Kush Masters fall very much into the lat­ter cat­e­gory and their de­but al­bum sees them serve up a tasty slice of lu­nacy that will leave no speaker (or tooth) un­rat­tled.

Fea­tur­ing Owen Carty, for­mer front­man for coulda-been-con­tenders Dope­fight, in their ranks, the Lon­don trio en­list the tal­ents of Ten Foot Wiz­ard’s Gary Harkin, Rid­dles’ Thom Carter and Vô­dun’s Chantal Brown to bol­ster pro­ceed­ings, and their pres­ence helps raise the bar as the band lower the tone. Open­ing strongly with the fuzzed-up Doggy Bag Of Slurry, the sev­en­minute-plus pum­melling lum­bers along like some­thing from Juras­sic World with their singer adding some awe­some leather­lunged vo­cals to the mix that sug­gest he could be the bas­tard son of Lemmy and Kory Clarke. Co­jones Feos picks up the pace and is a sim­ple but ef­fec­tive, cow­bell­both­er­ing blast of stoner and sludge good­ness, while Gut­lads is un­fath­omably heavy. Psy­che­delic Hal­lu­cino­genic Va­grancy ends the eight-track opus on a high with the band stretch­ing their con­sid­er­able mu­si­cal mus­cles, dab­bling in space rock, psych and prog over the course of eight min­utes. Chantal’s ex­pres­sive, soul­ful guest vo­cals are a thing of beauty, as is the Jon Lord-es­que or­gan solo at the cli­max. If there’s any jus­tice in the world, the Chubby ones’ de­but full-length should see the bruis­ers shrug off their ‘plucky con­tenders’ tag and help them take their right­ful place among the heavy­weights.

FOR FANS OF: BONGZILLA, ATTALLA, TEN FOOT WIZ­ARD

This is what you’ll dream of if you have pey­ote-soaked cheese be­fore bed, kids

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