HOT RAM. If you know 'em, you undoubtedly love 'em...'cuz frankly, what's not to love? This crew from Atlanta exists in an arena where big riffs, big fuzz, big groove, and a hard rocking attitude are pretty much par for the course. Back in 2019 we reviewed their killer album Where Light Goes To Die--an album that (prophetically) remains in constant rotation to this day, due to a strong tendency to provide intriguing songwriting in a genre that is regrettably bogged down by repetition. Indeed, as I stated back then: "As much as I love the genre, we all know the truth of the matter: in the hazy confines of stoner rock, sophistication and brevity aren't always the qualities most sought. HOT RAM throw that stereotype in the woodchipper, delivering six massive (yet varied) bangers."
Needless to say, this particular slumbering scribe is very pleased to present the first single from HOT RAM's forthcoming follow-up. The album in question, Electric Medicine, will undoubtedly receive a little more attention around these parts upon its release on May 21st, but for the meantime, we highly recommend checking out the excellent "Grave of Arch Stanton" below! As always, we'll see you on the other side!
"Grave of Arch Station" takes the formula HOT RAM previously established and turns it all the way up. The guitar itself is massive, lumbering, and otherwise mammothian--draped in thick fuzz in all the right places. While not sluggish by any means, the riffs aren't particularly worried about getting anywhere too quickly. It's a quality that lends the whole affair an immersive listening experience, complete with the type of slow and methodical headbang that can only accompany the most bituminous of grooves. Also of note are the vocals, which feel a tad more bestial than what Where Light Goes To Die had to offer. Chalk it up to the cumulative effects of one hell of a year. In any case, this menacing delivery fits the bill pretty damn well. This track is more aggressive than what we have seen, and I'll be damned if it isn't a good look for HOT RAM. In sum? Killer stuff.
Says Billy Konkel (guitar/vox) in regards to the track in question: "We practically arranged the
song on the spot. "Grave of Arch Stanton" was inspired by being stuck in quarantine and watching some Eastwood/ Sergio Leone movies." Hence, y'know, the video's antiquated title cards.
HOT RAM - Electric Medicine will be released May 21st, 2021 via The Swamp Records. Keep an eye out!
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