Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Stoner/Desertrock | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 159 / 4-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 7.5/10 | Label: V2 Benelux | Autor: NM

The desert is alive! Many desert dryers that were believed to be lost have been reunited lately. After a few years ago "Kyuss Lives" (now on the road as Vista Chino) had tried to pick up on old times, Brave Black Sea now do the same to them. They too are old acquaintances. Drummer Alfredo Hernandez belonged to the last line-up of Kyuss and recorded the debut album of the Queens Of the Stone Age with his colleague Josh Homme. With singer Damon Garrison and guitarist Chris Hale, Hernandez was also active on the Kyuss offshoot Slo Burn. The musical spectrum of Brave Black Sea can be described in the same way. Thick guitar walls and psychedelic to aggressive vocal melodies, which are in no way inferior to the mentioned acts in terms of energy. The fact that the album is still only a little bit sparkling is due to the fact that it is a bit too smooth in a desert comparison. The singing lacks the disturbing, the guitars the filth. On the other hand, the songs sometimes offer surprising contrasts and sound pleasantly unspent: shameless service to one's own past sounds different.

Top Track: Bandana Republic

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