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Album Review

Solarized tosses together all the components needed for universal stoner rock on Driven, the New Jersey outfit's 2001 Meteor City offering. Vocalist James Hogan, guitarist Dave Topolenski, drummer Reg Santana, and bassist Mike Fiore dish out some compact but downright lethal songs on this release. The riffs are appropriately heavy, and include all the right '70s proto-metal references. Stoner pioneers Kyuss come to mind when listening to the massive grooves on tracks like "Chrome Shop." The cowbell-driven "Angel" is another highlight with its fine linear riffing. Upbeat miscalculations "Stab Yor Back" and "Firefight" halt Driven's momentum, before "Conspiracy" and "World Without End" finish off the disc with a hazy blast of New Jersey stoner rock. On this record, Solarized demonstrates its ability to riff on the best elements of the geographically separate but thematically similar approaches of its genre.


Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Solarized are a New Jersey four-piece founded by Jim Hogan on vocals and guitar and Regina Santana on drums, with Lou Gorra on bass and Pete Hauschild, also on guitar. All are veterans of the local stoner rock scene and their 1999 debut, Neanderthal Speedway, betrayed a strong Monster Magnet influence, actually featuring guest performances from certain members of that band. A split EP with their friends Solace, Jersey Devils, preceded their second effort,...
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