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on 7 October 2006
First of all, let me say that this is an outstanding album - one of the best heavy rock albums ever.

However, the production isn't great - I expected much more power and authority. It sounds much better through headphones than it does when played through a decent stereo, which is a shame, because this album's material really does deserve a more superior recording. You expect the sound to leap out of the speakers but it remains rather subdued.

On the plus side though - crank it up in the car and it really is the ultimate driving album!

A milestone in heavy rock - no fan cannot afford to disown it
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on 2 February 2003
"I suspect that the other reviewers are slightly younger than most and their lack of experience..."...blablabla....I'm 37 is that old enough for you??? I just discovered Kyuss listening
to it at work (thank God for MPG3)....and I can tell you that
Blues for the Red Sun just landed in my top 5 of best albums
of all time next to the likes of Aenima (Tool), Dirt (Alice in Chains) and To record only water for ten days (John Frusciante)..
On this album Kyuss created a unique sound that through it's rolling basslines and abruptly changing rythms,indeed manages to
invoke images of wide open desert landscapes, dramatically intercut by the menacing vertical shapes of solitary rockcliffs threatening a brooding sky.
This album has the power, even after 10 years, to touch the souls
of people you'll never meet, all over the globe....
It has to be a classic and I can only bow my head to their
creators and say...
MUCHAS GRACIAS
(..and buy all three of them right now!!!..and so should you!)
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on 8 April 2002
quite simply the definitive stoner rock album. this is the best album you could ever hope to buy. from the thumping intro of thumb and green machine to the trippy, free-flowing freedom run, this is the type of album people will be listening to for a long time. everything about it oozes class, from the bass heavy guitar of josh homme, the wonderfully free bass of scott reeder, the distinctive and special voice of john garcia and the incredible drum fills and rhythms of brant bjork. this kind of album will never be done again. some people prefer sky valley, but i believe this is the best album kyuss did, just cos of the raw power and energy they have. even the 55 second acoustic guitar interlude of capsized has a distinct feel to it! an amazing album, one every respectable rock fan shud have.
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VINE VOICEon 28 October 2007
Before finding worldwide success with Queens of the Stone Age, Josh Homme was the monstrous lead guitarist of legendary 90's desert rock act Kyuss. Along with "Welcome To Sky Valley" and "...And The Circus Leaves Town", this album created an enthralling and influential trilogy. All three albums fused retro bluesy grooves with thundering riffs, trippy sonic jams and the booming rasp of vocalist John Garcia, creating an utterly unique and bold sound. Today many bands imitate this breed of stoner rock, but none can reach the absolute supremacy of Kyuss.

"Blues For The Red Sun" was the first realisation of the band's potential, as their debut "Wretch" left much to be desired. The song writing was vastly improved, being more ambitious and importantly executed with greater precision and style. Examples of this include the intense "Freedom Run", a vast slow-burner that envelopes trippy brooding passages, a swaggering lead riff, sublime jamming and Garcia's glorious gritty voice. The two-part piece of "Molten Universe/50 Million Year Trip" is my favourite moment on the album, and really showcases everything great about the band. The piece is a journey, starting with Homme laying down some monumental riffs, backed up perfectly by Brant Bjork's powerful drumming. Things take a swift and energetic tempo shift and Garcia's vocals come swiping through. The song closes on a wonderfully laid-back groove, with Homme creating some trippy sounds over the top of Garcia's echoing ethereal vocals. This song alone is proof that Kyuss kick some major ass.

The album also shows Kyuss' ability to create concise and infectious songs. Opener "Thumb" kicks things off in sweet and simple style, evolving around a booming main chorus and lead riff. Similarly "Green Machine" is mostly centred around a simple and addictive chorus theme - hence why it was one of the rare Kyuss songs to obtain some form of commercial success. "Thong Song" is a tongue-in-cheek comical affair, with unapologetic lyrics concerning long hair, brawn and thongs...it is a simple and fun rocker. These songs act as great contrasts to the extended pieces, giving variation and needed balance to the album.

For fans of the desert rock/stoner rock scene, this album and all other Kyuss releases is necessary. It should also very much appeal to fans of 70s rock - Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Hawkwind etc as the band lends heavily from these influences, but gives the styling a fresh outfit. For those interested in getting into Kyuss I would suggest this album or "Welcome To Sky Valley" as the best starting points. Happy rocking.
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Blues For The Red Sun is the second studio album by the legendary stoner/desert rock band Kyuss, it has went on to become an absolute classic of the genre and is one of the most influential and well loved records in the entire movement since it was released in 1992.

Blues For The Red Sun contains a lot of the band's most famous material such as `Green,' `Thong Song,' `Thumb,' and `Mondo Generator,' and Kyuss's lineup features Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri, Brant Bjork and John Garcia all of whom have become synonymous with interesting and creative music.

The album famously features the technique of playing guitars through bass amplifiers for a unique sounding distortion and the entire scope of musicianship is really impressive with creative techniques and unique ways of playing that many would go on to imitate but few would ever be able to surpass. The quality of songwriting is hugely consistent and the album flows perfectly from beginning to end in a brilliantly hypnotic fashion. There are no weak moments, no track is out of place and no note is wasted.

Overall, Blues For The Red Sun is an utterly essential album that no Kyuss fan should be without and that every fan of creative and interesting rock and metal music should give serious consideration to trying out. A true classic record.
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on 5 January 2015
Found it after watching Sonic Highways, and having liked Queens of the Stone Age wanted to hear what they did before. They did not disappoint, its a good album but do need to find a system capable of handling those low notes!
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on 22 October 2000
warped blues, grunge, and punk combined into one. An album which would have made Soundgarden proud. A bass thats so loud and thick that it makes your ear drums weep. An absolute classic one of the greatest albums of the 90's.
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on 2 May 2015
Great album. It has feel, depth and that early 90s sludge sound which I adore. THANKS KYUSS!!!
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on 7 February 2015
Top Album from Kyuss roll on Queens Of The Stone Age.
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on 28 June 2007
released in 1992,kyuss' 'blues for the red sun' is considered as one of the defining stoner rock albums,on peoples lists this album ranks highly,i for one can see why but my eyes can turn away from the fact that this album is let down by too many dull instrumentals and the odd track that isnt worth note,take for instance the tracks '800','capsized' and album closer 'yeah' ,all three tracks barely last a minute and offer nothing,i would like to sit down and hear an explanation as to why these tracks are considered gold,how can they be?

Nevertheless the album contains plenty of tracks that deliver and showcase a band that while not ahead of their time as such as stoner rock is an old art,are as influential as any band can be,bands like orange goblin,grand magus and corrosion of conformity wouldnt exist without kyuss and i an giving respect where respect is due there.

The band featured at this juncture,john garcia on vocals,truly a great voice,josh homme on guitar,now of queens of the stone age fame,nick oliveria on bass,once of queens and brant bjork on drums,does his job brilliantly,all members forged together to make an album of downtuned,scuzzy riffs with a certain drive about it.

The band are indeed a stoner band,no questions,there is no doom here which some would appreciate,there are the odd grunge moment thrown in,the album is a sign of its time i guess,but the grunge is limited so dont let that put you off,the albums opener is class and the same can be said for a good few songs here so im happy with this album,its just a little annoying with short tracks that offer nothing,a nice 3.5 out of 5 album which is essentially a great album.
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