"Brimstone Blues" (Rebel Breed; 2002)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

The sticker on the European edition of "Brimstone Blues," (which, except for a different album cover, is the same as this edition) describes the CD as "A dirty bastard of stoner rock, metal, rock'n'roll & 70s glam from Finland!" Well, with a name like "Stoner Kings," you can guess which of those genres will be the driving force behind the band's sound.

And you'd be right. The first thing you'll notice about Stoner Kings is that their guitars are fuzzy and loud - just like good stoner rock should be. Their sound may be a little more lively than some other stoner bands - each of the ten songs herein rock at a pretty good pace - but the stoner sound is where the band is based.

I do hear a little of the 70s glam in there - at times, some of the band's vocals bring to mind, believe it or not, bands like Poison and Warrant and the songwriting sometimes strays into that area as well. Surprisingly, it works very well.

Fans of stoner rock will immediately like Stoner Kings; others - who may find the stoner sound too psychedelic and/or repetitive - may find this to their liking as well.

Stoner Kings: Gonzo; Wolf; Starbuck; Shank; Crash.

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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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