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Vol­ume RIP­PLE

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Album Reviews - JOE DALY

West Coast vin­tage doom crew cut a lav­ish sonic slab

If this Cal­i­for­nia doom crew’s ear­lier re­leases show­cased a cosmic flair for ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, their third full-length cuts right to the chase with 10 groove-pow­ered bong-rock­ers that make no pre­tence of con­ceal­ing their DNA.

While Take Me Home Again and Wings Of The Angel tem­per their over-arch­ing ag­gres­sion with slow­burn­ing blues ru­mi­na­tions, Vol­ume aims straight at the heart of ston­ery 70s doom rock. Heav­ier fare such as Chin­gus and The End de­mand to be pumped through car stereos and beer-sod­den back­yard blowouts, both tracks erupt­ing with fat, crunchy riffs and the bluesy howl of guitarist/vo­cal­ist Peter Sat­tari. More in­ter­est­ing, per­haps, are tracks like The Troubador, with its trippy psy­che­delic over­tones and fren­zied, break­neck cli­max. There’s an aw­ful lot to digest here, in­clud­ing Vol­ume’s cau­tion­ary apoc­a­lyp­tic lyri­cism and Sat­tari’s blaz­ing fret­work. Well worth a voy­age.

For FANS Of: Orange Gob­lin, Holy Grove, Down

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