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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of 2002?!, 25 Sept. 2002
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This review is from: Reason to Live (Audio CD)
This is nothing short of magnificent and where did it come from!
Sixty Watt Shaman have released 2 albums prior to this; Ultra Electric, and Seed Of Decades they were good but nothing really special.
However, this album IS special. This is the album SWS needed to make.
The best record to compare it to is Down 2 Bustle In Your Hedgerow; like this its, heavy, soulful, southern rock.
But this somehow has more to it than Down 2, its more powerful, soulful and the music is certainly more sophisticated and just sounds a damn sight better. Scott Reeder, of Kyuss/Unida fame did an awesome job of producing, the album sounds really raw and almost like a live performance its that intense.
In short this is probably the best underground metal album released in 2002, you'll do hard to beat it. Brilliant.
If you're already familiar with SWS this will NOT disappiont!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sixty Watt Shaman - Reason To Live, 20 Oct. 2011
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Kingcrimsonprog "Kingcrimsonprog" (England) - See all my reviews
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Reason To Live is the third, and to date final full-length studio album by Maryland Stoner band Sixty Watt Shaman, a band named after both Jimi Hendrix's amplifier and Jim Morrison himself.

The sixteen-track album, from 2002, was written after the band had finished touring with fellow Maryland group Clutch and the legendary Corrosion Of Conformity and it is clear when listening to the record that this had some influence on the resulting sessions. It was produced by Scott Reeder of Kyuss and Unida fame and released through Spitfire Records. The artwork was handled by Frank Kozik who has worked with Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Melvins etc

Their sound is a little more metallic than the average Stoner Rock band; as well as just in the attitude and energy of the performance, this manifests itself with use of double kick patterns with chuggy riffs or low screams with hard breakdowns added in with the usual big spacey sections and bass-heavy slow sections with deep melodic vocals to create a pleasant and compelling overall mixture of the two styles. On this album, the tracks will usually start in a more rock territory and evolve into a more metal form after a few verses. Additionally, there are occasionally slight grunge or southern overtones on some of the tracks adding further sounds to the mix.

Scott `Wino' Weinrich (of The Obsessed, The Hidden Hand, St. Vitus, Shrinebuilder etc) provides guest guitar on `All Things Come To Pass,' which is interesting, as the band and Wino had already worked together providing a guest appearance on Clutch's Pure Rock Fury album. Furthermore, this track also features guest bass from Scott Reeder as well just his production talents.

Highlights include The Title Track and `Horse You Rode In On,' as well, of course, as the aforementioned album closer `All Things Come To Pass.' The band are all superb musicians and performers and Reason To Live is a genuinely rousing and interesting record to listen to, the drumming in particular from `Minnesota' Pete Campbell is a cut above the norm.

In summary; Reason To Live is a musically strong and wholly enjoyable Stoner Rock record that incorporates a lot of Metal elements into the sound and features a very energetic performance and strong production job.

If you like bands like Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Slo Burn, Sheavy, Down, etc (and especially Clutch and Corrosion Of Conformity) then Sixty Watt Shaman are just the sort of band that you should check out. Furthermore, if you enjoy this album I would also recommend their second album Seed Of Decades, which was actually produced by Jean-Paul Gaster of Clutch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing much more to add..., 7 Oct. 2002
This review is from: Reason to Live (Audio CD)
Just to got say I totally agree with the other guy. This album is mighty. The opening track Nomad is worth the entrance price alone. The Mill Wheel is also great, an acoustic-fried chill out that offers a refreshing change to the thunder of the other tracks. But the best is left to the end. Finishing off with the jam epic All Things Come to Pass which not only features the legendary Wino on lead but also has Scott Reeder playing the bass too. It's the first time these two have played together for about ten years in the the massively influential The Obsessed. You just have to love it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album!, 19 Sept. 2013
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Awesome album, heavy riffs, amazing vocals, bit of a John Bonham drum solo going on in there, buy it you won't be disappointed!
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