While we Villagers have, alas, never had the good fortune of encountering a Tyrannosaurus Rex (or similar 'saurus) in the imposing flesh, today's offering provides the closest sonic equivalent the musical 'verse could possibly spawn. Enter Titanosaur, a one-man band from Hudson, NY. Over the course of a couple of albums, this guy practically exudes destructive coolness in a fashion only befitting the titular 30,000lb behemoth. Titanosaur, in other words, possesses some notable swagger and a fearsome bite.
Titanosaur plays a self-reported "dash of Monster Magnet, pinch of Red Fang, large dose of Motorhead, and some Ramones for good taste, all poured over a bed of Black Sabbath." While such a wide bibliography of legendary acts all-to-oft feels like wishful thinking, I'm happy to report that all of these influences have made a clear mark on today's artist (and track!) From the whiskey-n-cigarette vocals, to the thundering drums, to the simple-yet-monolithic riffage, there's a clear stoner/desert rock grit on display, swaddled in a punky 'tude and doomy heft.
But! Lest I give it all away here, I wholeheartedly recommended checking out "Deceiver" below. As always, we'll meet ya on the other side!
"Deciever" lumbers forward at a purposeful gait, leaving craterous footprints and a swath of ruined foliage behind. Such stoner/hard rock conglomerates succeed best when they have a clear momentum, and Titanosaur has that in spades, delivering a crunchy forward pace and the kind of hooky-ass chorus that can spin on repeat without ever really feeling overwrought. Although a few psych-adjacent solos do break up the march, everything feels grounded in a way that behooves a beast of such sheer presence. And, sonic presence aside, I'd be remiss if we left without mentioning the thematic overtones, which address in no uncertain terms the untrustworthy and, well, deceptive nature of organized religion. It's a classically timeless topic, and this track feels like a worthy addition to a tradition of (frankly) callin' it like it is.
Does "Deciever" break genre boundaries or strive to (prematurely) invent the wheel? No. Is that why we're here? Of course not. Now is the time for righteous riffs, diatribes, and a headbangin' good time. If yer in the mood for any of those three (and really, if you've made it this far, I find it difficult to believe that ye aren't!) go ahead and give "Deceiver" some well-deserved love.
Titanosaur - Deceiver was released today, Sept. 25th, 2020, in advance of the upcoming third album
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