MOAB

"Billow" (Kemado Records; 2014)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Moab are stoner rock/doom rock and psychedelic metal. Their lead singer, Andrew Giacumakis, can sound like Ozzy Osbourne at times and with an updated 'stoner' sound this trio from L.A. can trip your mind fantastic. This is their second disc; their first was entitled "Ab Ovo." I really liked the guitar from this band. There are a few stoner rock bands I dig and since I know what I'm going to get in the brooding riff department I'll often listen beyond the expected to see what else I can hear. The solos are rich with tone and they move the heavier tracks along with a gallop.

There are nine tracks on "Billow." Some are long, but they do more than just fuzz along, they develop -- which is a cool sound to entwine with stoner rock. I also dug the vocal styling of Andrew. He sings but he also keeps in tune with the guitar. It's a tight group and you can hear a growing cohesiveness with each track played. Their sound is fresh, unlike the bong water from last month's party. Give Moab a listen and see if you can dig their gig.

Moab: Joe Fuentes - bass; Andrew Giacumakis - vocals, guitars; Erik Herzog - drums.

For more information on the band, check out  https://www.facebook.com/moabband and their official website - http://www.moabband.com.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

 

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