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Metal Hammer (UK) - - Reviews - JOE DALY

Black Heaven

NU­CLEAR BLAST San Diego’s tripped out power trio fi­nally find their voice

Af­ter years of re­leas­ing in­stru­men­tal stoner jams in small batches of two or three ex­tended tracks at a time, San Diego’s pey­ote-eyed power trio have adopted a more con­ven­tional ap­proach on their fourth stu­dio out­ing. Most notable is the in­tro­duc­tion of gui­tarist Isa­iah Mitchell’s vo­cals, and it’s a change so wel­come as to beg the ques­tion: what the hell took them so long? On the ut­terly rip­ping End To End, Isa­iah’s soul­ful vox dove­tail seam­lessly into the band’s smoul­der­ing elec­tric blues at­tack, while Elec­tric Flame show­cases a mighty en­cap­su­la­tion of the speed and po­tency that gather when the trio fall into their rhyth­mic pocket. Recorded in the same stu­dio where stoner rock pi­o­neers like Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age cut their teeth, the new ma­te­rial erupts with vi­tal­ity and in­spi­ra­tion. Clos­ing with the slow psy­che­delic burn of Sud­den End, Black Heaven is a trip well worth tak­ing. FOR FANS OF: KYUSS, MON­STER MAG­NET, FU MANCHU

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