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Stoner Kings : Brimstone Blues

Hey, are any of you doomsters fans of wrestling? If so, you'll know exactly what I mean when I say that Stoner Kings new album 'Brimstone Blues' is the sonic equivalent of a piledriver delivered with all deliberate force from deep inside the "square circle". Hard-driving and tight, Stoner Kings are heavy on the groove but light on the stoner side of things, perhaps preferring to bludgeon rather than hypnotize with long jams.

Stoner Kings are cultivating their own sound, which is not quite like anyone on the stoner/doom scene; useful musical touchstones include 80's metal such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, or Mötley Crüe combined with contemporaries like Zakk Wylde. Vocalist and group propaganda wizard Starbuck, formerly a wrestler in Canada and now a resident of Finland, sounds like a mix of Vince Neil, Spice, and James Hetfield. And I would add a dash of Johnny Rotten, although I seem to be alone in that observation. It must be admitted that the band, featuring names such as Shank, Wolf, Gonzo, and Crash , is damned tight and so full of energy that you think they munch amphetamines like popcorn.

But make no mistake: if you're feeling particularly doomed then this might not be your cuppa. Its just too propulsive and filled with over-the-top attitude. But if you're a fan of the above-referenced '80s icons, then Stoner Kings definitely have something to offer to you. And as far as that much-maligned group name goes-if I were a self-professed non-drug consumer, I might want to call myself something besides a Stoner King.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Ebb and the Flow
2. Cosmic Dancer
3. Cobblestone Road
4. Tragedy Man
5. Stonehenge
6. Goner
7. Damn Delilah
8. Limbonic Void
9. Journeys End
10. Postmortem Blues

Duration : Approx. 41 minutes.

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kevin McHugh
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