Album number two from the Monster Magnet rhythm section spin-off, and if anything it's even more MM in origin than their debut was. Which means its very welcome round my way, as mid-period Monster Magnet was as close to musical perfection as you're likely to get.
Riotgod go a wee bit further back in time than that for their stoner / desert rock sound, but with the excellent guitars of Garrett Sweeny and vocals of Mark Sunshine, Riotgod have served up a mighty fine offering. They kick things off with probably the best track, 'Breed', and straight away the chugging rhythms take you off into stoner heaven.
They're particularly good at getting moody, and if you're looking for something on the dark side, then a taste of 'Crossfade' or 'Firebrand' will get your motor running just fine. They're also the numbers that show off the vocals of Sunshine at their best. And make no mistake, he's one of the best genre vocalists on the go right now.
Sometimes they do try to be more up to date, and the odd hint of post-grunge makes 'Fool' and 'Slow Death' the weakest numbers on the album. But if you're looking for something to flip your wig out to, now that King Wyndorf has lost his crown, then this will do you nicely.