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potential almost realised
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.