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too many imitators...not enough innovators

If you're a longtime fan of the music generally known as "stoner rock" or a person just finding out about new bands, you probably know that it's a crowded scene. There are a ton of bands variously referencing Kyuss, the Melvins' sludge albums, Sleep, Eyehategod, and Buzzov-en. Most of these bands, for better or worse, sound pretty similar. Then you pick up Brant Bjork's Jalamanta, and the world is flipped upside down. Suddenly it's not about who can tune the lowest, who can growl the Lemmy-est, who can stack together the most Orange/Matamp heads and blast 10000w in a club that really can only handle 400w anyway. Instead, you get a groove. You get a vibe. Ultimately, you get a complete musical statement that's both deeply a part of the musical tradition embodied by stoner rock and yet 1000 miles away from that scene.

I'm not saying that Jalamanta is a world-changing record-and I don't think Brant would look at it that way, either. But I do think that this record provides some kind of balance in a scene that's often too focused on re-hashing what's come before and not focused enough on striking out in new directions. It's proof that sometimes you don't need to be blasting through 3 heads to be heavy, and proof that the best music will not be played on your local radio station or win a Grammy. But then again, I don't think that's really the point with this kind of music.

Fantastic Ride

Recommend this album to anyone who wants a greater understanding of what can truly go on when someone cuts an amazing piece of work. Mellow but hectic, flat out loud when necessary and reserved at the same time; from start to finish, this album swirls and flows with heavy grooves and a psychadelic rock/funk vibe that pics up where the aforementioned War/Buddy Miles/Funkadelic left off. No offense to itunes, but buy this album on vinyl and check the double-wide sepia photo of the old Impala parked on the curb. Couldn't sum it up better...

How am i the 1st to rate this album!!!!

This is one of the best post kyuss albums, Brant Bjork was the drummer 4 kyuss. His sound is a little repetitive sometimes but his sound is also one of the stoniest , lazy summer day kick your feet up and smoke a doobie sounds around. And this album is probably his best!!!Check it out!!!

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

In addition to being a member of two of the 1990s' leading stoner rock bands, Kyuss and Fu Manchu, drummer Brant Bjork has also issued solo albums on his own, produced others, and runs his own record label. Hailing from Palm Desert, CA, Bjork began playing with guitarist Josh Homme, bassist Nick Oliveri, and singer John Garcia while they all were still in high school, resulting in the formation of Kyuss. The group's Sabbath-like sound fit in perfectly with such other then-current bands as Soundgarden...
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