Odcult – Into the Earth (Album Review)

Odcult is a Swedish doom rock band and let me tell you they know how to bring it when necessary but also have very catchy choruses. Let’s dive into this beast of a record titled “Into the Earth.” Odcult started roughly back in 2013, they have a sound that mixes doom, stoner rock, and almost arena like rock vocals in the mix.

The fun part of doing an album review on a band that I have no idea about is that I can just listen and do a completely unbiased review. So when I first put on this record, it’s stoner metal but it’s almost like if Black Sabbath was a little faster and a lot more catchy, that’s the best way I could sum up Odcult, and that’s how it is on the whole album. They have very good production on the album, big bassy drums, crunchy guitars and raspy vocals.

Some things I don’t like about the album is that the bass is very high on the mix and it is almost distracting from the rest of the instruments. Also another problem I had with the album and honestly it’s not bad it’s just not my taste, is the vocals, it kinda sounds like he should be singing for a dad rock band on the radio but it works nicely for this band. You can go check out this band on Bandcamp and Spotify and go support this amazing Swedish stoner rock band!

http://targetgroup.bandcamp.com/album/into-the-earth

Today I’m giving this album a 6/10 here on Mammoth Tongue Reviews.

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Fu Manchu – Clone of the Universe (Album Review)

Making their triumphant return since their anticipated album “Gigantoid” back in 2014, this Orange County based stoner rock band is releasing a new full length titled “Clone of the Universe”, and of course I’m talking about the legends “Fu Manchu”. These guys really know how to combine such cool genres like the old 70s vibes with the 80s skate movement that was going on in California, if I had to wrap them up in a description I’d say they’re like if Jimi Hendrix rode a skateboard.

So now we got the bio out of the way, let’s dig in this monster. On the first couple tracks they try to really bring the punk style, but still incorporating the old school feel to them, but it doesn’t feel like they’re trying to hard, it feels very natural and it flows absolutely perfect. Towards the middle you get kind of a slower/trippy song titled “Slower than Light”, which is great breakup of the album, it let’s you take a breath and relax for a second, but then it jumps right back in the heaviness with the song “Nowhere Left to Hide”. And the title track of the album definitely sums up the whole album, when they released it as their single it didn’t really make much sense and I thought it was kind of a boring song, but going back and listening to it in full it makes a lot more sense now.

The only negative thing I have to say about the album is the last track “II Mostro Atomico”, now the song itself isn’t bad but I just think it doesn’t fit, like yeah I get that they were just trying to have a jam song at the end but the whole album is full of 2-4 minuet bangers, so to put a 18 minuet long epic just didn’t feel right to me, but hey I think overall they make a fantastic record and anyone that hasn’t heard of this great band needs to dig into their old discography and check them out. Make sure you go support Fu Manchu and go check them out on tour!

http://fumanchuband.bandcamp.com/album/clone-of-the-universe

Today I’m giving this record a 8/10 here on Mammoth Tongue Reviews.

Sundrifter – Visitations (Album Review)

Flying across the astral plane I see a strange light in the distance…The strange light is a band called “Sundrifter”. These guys hail from Boston, Massachusetts, and they are a stoner rock band that blends heavy riffs, beefy drums and hypnotic vocals that’ll make you feel like you’re not human. I am proudly reviewing their new album titled “Visitations” released February 6th. To begin this album really puts you through a journey so it’s not an album you just listen to a couple tracks and go on with your day, you have to listen to the whole thing front to back, the start of the album is like you’ve been blasted off Into space with the track “Sons of Belial”, and lemme tell you the first 3 tracks are just total bangers, but when you get to “Targeted” the album begins to shift and you start to get a roller coaster affect of an album which is pretty great, this album ends with the song “I Want to Leave” which pretty much sums up the end of a great album, it slowly brings you back down to the earth.

These guys sound like if Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age had a baby, it’s name would be Sundrifter for sure. I highly recommend this band to anyone that is getting into Space Rock or Stoner Rock, it’s got all of the key components of those genres. Go support these guys and check them out whenever they come to your city!

http://sundrifter.bandcamp.com/album/visitations

I am giving this album a 8/10 here on Mammoth Tongue Reviews.