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Deep In the Hole

Masters of Reality

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Album Review

2001's Deep in the Hole is a return to form after 1999's creative cul-de-sac, Welcome to the Western Lodge. Deep brings together seriously driving stoner rock ("third man on the moon," "shotgun son"), chilly blues ("roof of the shed"), and some Sabbath-y sludge ("Scatagoria") into a statement of purpose that matches the band's classic Sunrise on the Sufferbus. All the classic elements are here — obscure and funny lyrics ("now I am a cat/what you think about that/ nerve unraveller"), precise vocal harmonies, and the trademark guitar of Chris Goss. Paired down to a duo of Goss and Surgery's John Leamy on drums, the band is joined by Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri, Screaming Trees' Mark Lanegan, and many others. Always one of America's most criminally underappreciated bands, Masters of Reality here bring their A-game to the plate, with solid songwriting (compared to Welcome), and strong performances. "Counting Horses" could be one of the great lost the The songs. The title track evokes the spirit of the Doors collaborating with Dr. John. Highly recommended for fans of stoner metal (Queens, Kyuss, etc.), and a great way to discover the peculiar genius of this wonderful band.

Biography

Formed: 1981 in Syracuse, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Led by singer/guitarist Chris Goss, Masters of Reality were something of an anomaly on the late-'80s/early-'90s rock scene, playing a strongly Cream- and Zeppelin-influenced brand of hard rock with modern touches. Their original members included bassist Googe, guitarist Tim Harrington, and drummer Vinnie Ludovico. Goss broke up the band shortly after their well-received, self-titled debut album in 1989; he reformed the group as a trio a few years later with Googe and legendary ex-Cream drummer Ginger...
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