"With Vision" (Southern Lord; 2003)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

At times, "With Vision" is so heavy, so crushing, so devastating, that -- at the right volume -- you could use it to pulverize concrete instead of using a jackhammer. It's also so very atmospheric and listenable that you find yourself easily absorbed into its dark world. That's a very unique combination.

Fueled by thunderous riffs and enhanced with memorable guitar solos that are fast when called for and furious when necessary (but never in a showboating type of way), "With Vision" is a near perfect stoner/doom combo.  Like early Pink Floyd, this music is best listened to with headphones, in the middle of the night, with all the lights off. Then, its hypnotic qualities and haunting atmospheres can flow over you, envelope you and take you to their world, at least for the nearly 51-minutes of this running time.

Featuring the stunning two guitar combo of Wino (Saint Vitus, The Obsessed. Spirit Caravan) and Victor Griffin (Pentagram), "With Vision" is a truly great CD that not only defines the genres it represents, but re-defines it as well. 

Fans of stoner / doom cannot go wrong with Place of Skulls and "With Vision."

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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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