With production by Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal, Queens of the Stone Age), you can get a pretty fair idea of what awaits. Kicking off with the good-natured fuzz-meets-surf instrumental assault of "Welcome", Ojm treat each track here as if it was their own personal canvass on which to paint their masterpiece. And believe me, when they attack that canvas they use a big, fat black marking pen, no tentative pencil or blue line drawings here. "Venus God" just rocks. Simply. I dig the vocals too; kinda spikey and throaty while still being smooth. Give me texture. Swath the whole thing in monster-riffs and an eardrum splattering amount of fuzz and I'm more than happy. "Rainbow," brings on an irresistibly warped bong-full of hazy riffing and acrid smoke, all drifting within a kick-ass melody. But wait, there's more! Drop in the 7-minute epic psychedelic excursion, "Oceans Heart," the totally accessible, near pop-perfect strains of "I'll Be Long,", the retro-punk stomp "Disorder," and the two-ton heaviness of "Cocksucker" and we got us that finished master stoner piece-de-resistance.
The Ripple Effect (Usa)