Kyuss laways hated the label of a stoner rock, and it is one that fits even worse to Josh Homme's more recent band, Queens of the Stone Age. However, listening to this album it is possible to see why they received the label. It's not pure rock and roll, nor is it heavy metal, thrash metal, jazz or any other type of music. However, it does combine all of these, funnels them through whatever narcotics were to hand and then tunes them as low as they'll go. It's one of the best albums to just sit down and let wash over you. It is also one of the best rock albums of the decade, and helped to both create and define a genre.
It doesn't matter how you label them , Kyuss were an awesome band. The opener of Thumb is one of the best examples of this. It shows off Josh's incredible guitar playing ability, and also John's incredible voice. Not a good voice by any standards, but it fits the music so perfectly that you can easily kid yourself that it is.
The album shifts seamlessly into Green Machine, one of the best tracks Kyuss ever recorded. It also has an awesome video which is viewable on the web. Apothecaries Weight follows, but it is 50 Million Year Trip that is the real highlight of the first half of the album. By turns thrash and heavy metal, rock and roll and jazz, this song has everything that was good about Kyuss and nothing bad.
Other album highlights include Freedom Run, Mondo Generator, which John sings through a megaphone, and Capsized, one of Josh's most fluid guitar pieces.
I can only recommend that you buy it. Whether you think that stoner rock is an apt label is up to you, but you don't need to be high to appreciate the majesty of this album.