(Elektrohasch Schallplatten)

MARK: 82/100


It's not the desert, it's not the lysergic drugs to inspire the Dutch; it's the past, going from the 60s to the meisters of Stoner rock of the 90s.
This is the first album I own without a title and even the old old styled artwork contains few info: in fact, although not wholly instrumental, no lyrics are reported in the booklet.
If it weren't for some effects that couldn't have been created back then and modern bass and kick drum sounds, there would be no difference with any album recorded during those magic years, and even the recording here is analogue!
The brilliant mixture of Alternative, Psychedelic and Stoner reaches and sometimes tops the quality of several other records dealing with the same genre and the comparisons with Hypnos 69, Kyuss, Only Living Witness and Colour Haze are proper, and Sungrazer are also about to embark on a tour with Rotor and the same labelmates Colour Haze, so such fans should do their utmost not to miss one of these shows.

"If" plays the peacock between Monster Magnet and Ozric Tentacles, displaying liquid guitars alternated with fat guitars and basses, reinforced by huge doses of fuzz tones.
In "Intermezzo" a sax is coupled with cymbals that are far away and hieratic, therefore making you think of sunny, rocky and hot areas, and also stimulating the need for open spaces where to shoot this track. There're no other instruments, and only afterwards the guitar and the drums appear.
Without interruptions starts "Somo", dilated and long; this is a real song a there're some vocals reminding of Pink Floyd and Mad Season, whereas in the heavy phrases the Ducth trio is reminiscent of all the Stoner gods.
The opening of "Common Believer" is quite akin to the lighter Nirvana songs (sounds absurd but I'm aware of what I'm writing), then the band reloads its Alternative and Stoner guns and shoots really heavy basses, fishing some early Deep Purple influences in the end.
The coltish guitars, the scalding riffs and the wall of sound built with the rhythmic section of "Zero Zero" make it my favourite song with no doubts; this song has the best vocals, is pretty original and extremely lively; you cannot not be involved by the attacks and you'll feel an urge to move your heads and body even if you've awakened from a 5-year-long coma, no shit!
"Mountain Dusk" boasts a guitar solo, yet it's the bass here and not the guitar, neither the drums to be the hinge of the song. The guitar effects are pretty cool and the vocals swing between dreamy and epiphany-like. Definitely the right manner to conclude this full-length.

Today Heavy rock can count on first-rate representatives who're the direct descendants of the first spawn which came out over half a century ago.
Just like dinosaurs, there hasn't been a complete extinction, but a survival to smaller dimensions: look at a varan and see if it's not a small relative of those ones. So is with Sungrazer, they walk among new forms of music, very different from them, but yes, dinosaurs are still here and we can't but rejoice at the news!

MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - February 20th, 2011

Line-up on this record:
Rutger Smeets - g., v.
Sander Haagmans - b., v.
Hans Mulders - d.

Limburg - Holland

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- (CD - 2011)