The Sci­ences

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Doom-metal orig­i­na­tors’ first new full-length al­bum in 20 years. This San Jose stoner tri­umvi­rate, whose 63-minute one-track mas­ter­piece Dopesmoker was re­fused re­lease by Lon­don Records in ’98, and only came out in its de­fin­i­tive form on South­ern Lord in 2012, dropped this come­back record unan­nounced, with min­i­mum fuss, on 20 April – aka 4/20, as in In­ter­na­tional Weed Day. Af­ter split­ting up in dis­il­lu­sion over the Lon­don af­fair, Al Cis­neros’s crew re­con­vened in 2009 for spo­radic ac­tiv­ity, and have cus­tom­ar­ily not rushed into nail­ing The Sci­ences, nor de­parted from their rubric of Bur­rough­sian ganja myth­spin­ning (see Mar­i­jua­naut’s Theme; The Botanist), set to eardrum-bust­ing, down-tuned slo-mo jams. Of the three mono­lithic pieces that thun­der past the 10-minute mark, live sta­ple Sonic Ti­tan’s the pick, its cir­cling, amps-over­driven in­sis­tence suf­fi­cient to in­duce paral­y­sis even in a non­in­hal­ing per­son, and thus fully war­rant­ing its ti­tle. The pyra­mids-evok­ing Giza But­ler should also press any Sab­bath buff’s but­tons.

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