Editor's unsolicited opinion: Here's an aspect of the cursed reviewer life that I will always find endlessly gratifying: the prospect of witnessing a young and talented band evolve from a fresh face into a genuine presence in their respective scene. Way back in '18 we reviewed the first EP from this group, and then I was so impressed with their debut album that we featured in on our Caravan of Doom Vol. 1. Needless to say, these guys are on their way up.
Written by: Blackie Skulless
Not often does stoner rock catch my ear, but when it does it hooks itself deep within my brain. Stonus (how fitting) have come up with what’s now their third EP titled Seance, and it’s pretty enjoyable from front to back. With only three songs, they heavily reflect the style of Sundrifter, who dropped one of my favorite albums in 2018. What’s also neat is that this one was recorded completely live.
Because of this, there’s a very organic feeling that makes the repetitive nods showcased in all three tracks work decently. The middle track “Messianism” plays on that the most, being the longest one, and trailing off significantly at the end. I also found it to be the most explosive, riding on a rhythm pattern that “drops” (if you will) guitar chugs in gradual changes of pace. To contrast, you get vocals that add most of the melody, and a dash of howl.
The opener “Evil Woman” is far more direct. The placement here is pretty crucial because of its accessibility being what drew me in so fast. Hooks are the name of the game. But had the closer “El Rata” opened, it would have felt entirely different. The riffing hits their slowest point here, the tones are at their fuzziest, and the vocals even match it with far more untraditional delivery.
But what matters most is that Seance is simply enjoyable. It’s certainly nothing original, but for a band that I had never heard of doing a style that I’m not typically into, Stonus really knocked it out of the park.
Stonus - Sèance will be released March 26th, 2020 fromElectric Valley Records. Pre-order here!
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