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Album Review

This album is a sort of summit conference of underground heavy music. Guitarists and vocalists Scott "Wino" Weinrich (the Obsessed, Saint Vitus, Spirit Caravan, the Hidden Hand) and Scott Kelly of Neurosis are grizzled veterans whose hoarse, guttural shouts and instantly recognizable, distorted guitar tones carry the authority of years of hard touring and introspective yet still crushing rock, while bassist Al Cisneros (Sleep, Om) and Melvins drummer Dale Crover shake the earth with their gigantic rhythms. The five tracks were laid down in three days, with some minor overdubs done shortly afterward, and they have the organic feel of jams transformed into cohesive songs through application of the group mind. Wino's usual biker-rock riffage is frequently replaced by a more psychedelic, drifting sound with long sustained notes floating over Cisneros's trance-inducing basslines (Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold" seems like a bigger influence than the Black Sabbath catalog, particularly on "Blind for All to See"), and Crover's tribal pummel is the perfect rhythmic base for these journeys. "Pyramid of the Moon" features Cisneros as vocalist, his nasal monotone recalling Sleep's Holy Mountain album, but his superior band makes this a substantially better proposition. Indeed, each of these four men seems to get the other three to step up his game in some ineffable way — Wino sounds more engaged than he did on any of the Hidden Hand's three albums, and Kelly's contributions are much less boring than the last few Neurosis discs have been. This is a supergroup that could have gone horribly wrong, but instead has revealed itself as something genuinely great.

Customer Reviews


One of the most heavily anticipated releases on the hard rock and metal scene,this album isn't easily pigeonholed into one genre,yes,there's doom,there is the neurot aggression,the mantra-like chants of Al and the drumming precision of Dale,but aside from the expected brilliance of the talent combined-or maybe because of it-,the end result is nothing short of amazing,rewarding the listener with something new at every spin,just like back in the time when musical craftsmanship really mattered.Do yourself a favor and pick this up,it comes with the Wino warranty of quality!

wow this album is ridiculously good

holy balls...don't read this comment just buy the album

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This album successfully frankensteins the best musical qualities of the members who play on it: 70s Sabbath swagger; drone-like rhythm patterns that swell and recede and an almost hymnal delivery make this album hard to beat for fans of slow, heavy music


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Supergroups composed of technically "underground" heavy metal musicians don't come any closer to the surface of mainstream recognition than Shrinebuilder -- a project assembled by vocalist/guitarist Scott "Wino" Weinrich (the Obsessed, Saint Vitus, Spirit Caravan, the Hidden Hand, and others), vocalist/guitarist Scott Kelly of Neurosis (also vocals, guitar), bassist/vocalist Al Cisneros, of Sleep and Om, and Melvins drummer Dale Crover! That's right, "!". With their eponymous 2009 LP, the quartet...
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