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Originally published on the Sleeping Shaman: http://www.thesleepingshaman.com/album-ep-reviews/review-red-stone-chapel-omega-boombox/

German sludge rockers Red Stone Chapel release their debut record, ‘Omega Boombox‘, on the 25th of October through Argonauta Records and it is eight tracks of southern rock with all the stoner, progressive, sludge and blues influences you could need in your life. The Sleeping Shaman even managed to snag ourselves a premiere for it. But in a world of a thousand bands that claim to do this kind of music, can ‘Omega Boombox‘ stand out from the crowd?

The short answer is yes. ‘Omega Boombox’ may not reinvent the wheel but that wheel is beautifully looked after. Opener ‘Squid Limbo‘ hits you with a big ol’ riff that just hits that sweet spot with bluesy groove. The gruff vocals of frontman Dimi suit the whiskey-soaked attitude perfectly, and the swagger is retained throughout. Red Stone Chapel are a band that aren’t short on confidence, and the Orange Goblin-esque thrust of ‘Dead Man’s Chime‘ and ‘Praise the Fool‘ are things of beauty. The great, looming shadow of Clutch also is very noticeable, and the opening to ‘Panta Rhei’ would make Neil Fallon and crew proud! Red Stone Chapel are no tribute however. They’ve got a sound of their own.

I’m a metal fan that appreciates all the brutality, ethereal blackness or suffocating death that I can get, but we all must admit to a weakness for massive bluesy grooves. I mean, this is where all hard rock and metal grew from; a style that if nurtured properly can still electrify even after decades of being overdone. Red Stone Chapel add a nice, rough and gruff edge to their stuff, giving it a real authentic feel. Like some rough old mountain lads kicking back some Zeppelin and filtering it through a little early Mastodon. I’ve been listening to the psychedelic doom rock of ‘The Paper King‘ on repeat for days, and I’ll never get sick of it.

Omega Boombox‘ has most of everything you’re going to want in an album like this; hefty blues, swaggering RAWK grooves, gravelly vocals that aren’t missing an ounce of soul and some absolute killer riffs. Red Stone Chapel’s debut is packed full of potential hits, and enough subtle touches to make it all their own. This is a band to keep an eye on for the future, as if they can build on their foundation here and maybe go even a little weirder next time, it’ll be special indeed.

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‘Blood Feud’ is the third album from Arizonian doomsters Twingiant, and it is a rather sizeable chunk of granite riff laden groove. Following on the heels of 2014’s ‘Devil Down’, these folks are seemingly aiming to bring the whole world down about them with this new record, and Argonauta Reocrds are here to help! Out at the beginning of October, ‘Blood Feud’ is something of a pleasure to behold.

Striding out with power and intent is opener ‘Throttled’, which comes from the Conan/High on Fire axis of crushing doom and guttural roars, before inklings of psychedelic melodies seep through near the end. ‘Poison Control Party Line’ has more of an early Clutch groove about it, while vocalist Jarrod LeBlanc’s primal bellow is soaked in that southern, ‘cigarettes and whiskey’ timbre. Truly embodying the power behind each track, the vocals are my favourite part of this record. It isn’t just your average desert rock croon but gives ‘Blood Feud’ a rougher, more bloodied edge to it. ‘Shadow of South Mountain’ is one of my favourite tracks of the year.

From the heft of the rumbling ‘Re-fossilised’ to the swinging axe blows of ‘Kaishakunin’, Twingiant are more than your copycat stoner doom band. They’ve got a bit of grit, some scars and a broken smile that helps them carry the weight of those massive riffs. It is an honesty that is appealing in this world of endless genre repeats, and ‘Blood Feud’ is refreshingly rough and ready.

https://twingiant.bandcamp.com/album/blood-feud

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