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perjantai 6. syyskuuta 2013

Vista Chino: Peace

Napalm Records (NPR 501 CD)
This must have been one of the most anticipated releases among the stoner / desert rock fans this year. Vista Chino from Palm Beach has ¾ of the Kyuss line-up in their ranks, and the band used to be called Kyuss Lives! before the ex-Kyuss guitarist Josh Homme dropped a lawsuit on his former band mates. With vocalist John Garcia, drummer Brant Bjork, bassist Nick Oliveri and the new guy Bruno Fevery on guitar the band is able to produce some dirty, fuzzy and groovy desert rock tunes that will please at least most of the Kyuss fans. There’s enough melody to keep things interesting and rhythms are inviting and infectious. “Dargona Dragona” was the first song off the album that was presented to the public through the internet, and this song truly rocks. Other highlights include another heavy rocker “Planets 1 & 2” where the bass is played by Bjork, bluesy and quite progressive “Dark and Lovely” and the bit more psychedelic and jamming, lengthy final track “Acidize… The Jamming Moose”. The spirit of Kyuss lives and prospers, and I’m glad it does. The 2LP and limited digipak CD also include two bonus tracks. Recommended!

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