|Cover artwork by Mat Moreno|
Sometimes you're unsure about a band at first. You have your doubts about this that or t'other, but one thing that makes all that stuff go away in a real hurry is a riff like the one featured in "Lucid". A riff like this doesn't pussyfoot around. It's not a teaser, it's not a builder, it is a monolith. All bullshit goes out the window with a riff like that one, far as I'm concerned a riff like that is what this blog is all about. If I had any balls whatsoever I'd rename this place "The Riff From Lucid by Mount Salem" just so the message isn't lost, but I don't so I won't. You get the idea. Great stuff.
"Full Moon" takes things in a slightly bluesier direction, a bass-driven track full of graveyard mist illuminated by the full moon of Kopplin's vocals, a perfect example of how the bass holds this work together like the cosmic superstructure that holds the stars in place. "Mescaline" is a short cowboy sounding interlude which is full of cool feelings.
"Hysteria" features another of those amazing riffs that makes me excited about the future of this band. An unapologetically doomy sound all around with the slow and menacing riff backed by organ accompaniment and gravedigging drop outs and interludes. Remember, this band is less than a year old. Already they show a tremendous penchant for penning killer riffs.
|Photo credit: Josh Kurpius|
The band compares favorably to Blood Ceremony and Shocking Blue, so if you're into those bands, as I am, then don't be afraid to come into this EP with high expectations because they will be met.
Highlights include: "Lucid" and "Hysteria"
Total Run Time: 33:37
Emily Kopplin - Vocals/Organ
Kyle Morrison - Lead Guitar
Mark Hewett - Bass Guitar
Cody Davidson - Drums
From: Chicago, Illinois
Genre: Doom, Rock, Stoner
Reminds me of: Alunah, Black Moth, Black Sabbath, Blood Ceremony, Electric Citizen, Shocking Blue
Release Date: February 18, 2013
Suggested listening activity for fellow non-stoners: "Whatchoo doin' in that graveyard boy? Donchoo know it's after hours? I can barely see you, fog's so thick. Come here, let me get a closer look atchoo. I -- dear Lawd whatchoo -- No!! -- AAaaaaargh!!!"
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