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Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis claims that Heavy Blanket is a trio of himself and two old high school friends who first tried to record together in 1983 and only recently reunited. Fans of Mascis’ fret-frying guitar work won't be disappointed by these sprawling instrumental jams. Heavy Blanket backs up his ferocious axemanship with thick, serpentine bass lines and trudging-yet-nimble drumming, conjuring flashbacks of Blue Cheer, Sir Lord Baltimore, and similar purveyors of proto-metal. Amid the snarling rumble of “Galloping Toward the Unknown” and “Dr. Marten’s Blues,” a keen (if twisted) intelligence can be heard, probing the outer edge of coherency with fierce, primal soloing. The molten crawl of “Spit in the Eye” and the mutated bluesiness of “Blockheads” recapture the ‘70s heyday of stoner rock and seethe with an intensity that knows no era. “No Telling No Trails” wraps up the album with waves of hellacious distortion, at once doomy and exhilarating.

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love this

J Mascis kills on this album. I don't know what to call this. I'd say it's weird blues rock in the vein of Hendrix, but I don't associate Mascis with Hendrix-wannabes. Best heard on vinyl. Screw the people who are too cool for guitar. This stuff's so out of fashion I give Mascis props for putting this out, because it's awesome.


Mascis ditches the acoustic guitars and whiny, mumbling vocals and sticks to what he does best: scorching, white-hot face melters. Now please excuse me while I scoop mine up off the floor...

Guitar blues on acid

This should be listed under “Blues” and would probably get more chances of extended “listens”. It’s not bad at all if you can harken back to the days that the guitar reigned. It’s like blues guitar on acid, in-your-face, unapologetic, and even talented in its own way. If you enjoyed the long guitar solos of Funkadelic in its earliest days you may enjoy this. Does not deserve 2 stars.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Depending on what you care to believe, Heavy Blanket was either a new project launched by Dinosaur Jr. guitarist J Mascis in 2012, or a band from his teenage years who, thanks to a byzantine series of misadventures, were unable to record their first album until a quarter-century after they began writing material. According to Heavy Blanket's official biography, in 1984 Mascis was 19 years old and becoming disenchanted with hardcore punk as his band Deep Wound was winding down. Eager to play heavier...
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