The Re-Stoned — Ram's Head
(Bandcamp Qiasum QIA 3005, 2018, LP / DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2019-03-31
I am discovering that there is quite an active Russian music scene as I continue to discover new bands. The most recent is the psychedelic / stoner rock / doom metal band The Re-Stoned and their latest album, Ram’s Head. The Re-Stoned is the power trio of Ilya Lipkin (guitars and effects), Vladimir Kislyakov (bass), and Maximilian Maxotsky (drums). The Re-Stoned is a perfectly descriptive name for their music and Ram’s Head is straight ahead head butting and banging music sure to release adolescent testosterone at super high levels. The album opens with “Chromagnetic Stomp,” heavy stoner rock with frenetic guitar, driving bass and drums, which is just the perfect length at 6:28. The second track, “Land of Crimson Clouds,” slows things down a bit with a darker doom metal vibe and fuzzed guitar. Next in line is “Smoke Sea” with its driving beat and multi-tracked guitar for a head bangers battle cry. “Acid Truck” is an interesting instrumental that varies from blues rock to stoner rock to a quiet ambient interlude to a doom metal climax. Perhaps the best track on the album is “Orange Sky and Bottle Neck.” This instrumental is quite sedate in comparison to the rest of the album, taking off into the cosmos at its first opportunity. This track is a slow burn that grows on you and ends with a cool psych jam. The album closes with “Dune Surfer,” another head banger / stoner rock / metal instrumental with rapid fire drumming. A perfect album if you love rock solid, uninterrupted magnificent rocking beats!
Related artist(s): The Re-Stoned
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