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Roadsaw display some solid Stoner Rock hits.

After a long break of seven years, ROADSAW’s comeback had received an honest feedback with 'See You In Hell' three years ago, but nothing more… This self-titled album was maybe their last chance to definitely catch the large attention they deserve; mission accomplished, I think it could finally be the awaited booster in their long quest for success!

For more than 15 years, this American band has always been displaying straightforward heavy/stoner rock in the vein of Kyuss, Fu Manchu (and Clutch, but just a few hints) something that is often called “riff rock” in the USA... Basically, nothing has really changed, but with time going by, everything has been improved in the form; starting by vocalist Craig Riggs whose performance is simply amazing, reminding (more than a bit) of John Garcia ‘s warmness, his way of singing never forgets what harmony and melody mean.

Like a smoking engine which sometimes needs quieter moments, this 11 track album contains several excellent heavy rock hits (“Motel Shootout”, “Thinking Of Me”, “Dong X”...) following heavier stuff, thicker, with fuzzy guitars (“Weight In Gold”, “Too Much Is Not Enough”). The general atmosphere remains bluesy and catchy, all being nicely linked together. The only negative point in my opinion is rather subjective, but some (rare) parts sound a bit too commercial and could disappoint some potential listeners; it seems maybe too obvious that they have been thought out for (independent) radios, lacking heaviness and above all authenticity.

All in all, the charge is amazingly lead, Kyuss Lives! is warned and now definitely have a tough opponent on their way, this album will bring a new audience to a seriously talented band and I’m now among the real fans who impatiently want to see them live.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1) Dead and buried
2) Wieght in gold
3) Thinking of me
4) Long in the tooth
5) So low down
6) The getaway
7) Motel shootout
8) Electric heaven
9) Too much is not enough
10) Song X
11) The thrill is waiting

Duration : Approx. 40 minutes

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Reviewed on 2011-08-19 by Steph Le Saux
Forever Autumn
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