Hippie Death Cult
cUrseD tongUe Heavyweight American quartet’s behemoth debut.
Distinguished heavy debuts are few these days, but with 111 Hippie Death Cult unleash a ferocious sonic attack and dynamic tightness that belies it being their first album since forming in early ’18.
With singer Ben Jackson howling Ozzy-style back in the mix, producer Eddie Brnabic’s multi-dubbed guitars lead throughout, his behemoth doomriffs ably underpinned by bassist Laura Phillips and drummer Ryan Moore (Sabbath’s first being an obvious touchstone).
While the band’s eco-friendly manifesto ‘beckons us inward to reflect upon our connection to spirit, earth, sky, and each other’ (one song is even called Treehugger), those craving heavy-duty carnage will relish the heaving hippo gonad riffs driving Sanctimonious, Breeder’s Curse and the epic Black Snake, Brnabic deploying panoramic acid-rock frequencies in his solos on the horror-rock Pigs and watery, Hendrix-style vibrato on slowie Mrtyu.
Definitely ones to watch. ■■■■■■■■■■