LABEL: Water Dragon
ITEM #: ATH-686
SPECIAL FEATURES: 2 songs from each band
1 Grand Magus – Glow 3:52
2 Grand Magus – Mountain of Power 5:33
3 Maurfahr – Blue Room Amigos 4:15
4 Maurfahr – Sunpaled Concrete 5:37
5 Mr. Plow – Molly 7:37
6 Mr. Plow – Master Blaster 3:17
7 Carn – Evil Tonix 4:54
8 Carn – Pale Like a Dead Lion 4:27
9 Fluid4 – Sick (Just Like You) 5:03
10 Fluid4 – Big Truck 4:08
11 Missed Her Bliss – Nature Boy 4:53
12 Missed Her Bliss – Optima Mid 5:42
13 Honcho – Industrial Lane 3:18
14 Honcho – Murmansk 5:00
15 Ogre – Ogre 3:33
16 Ogre – Skeletonized 5:48
SONG – (ARTIST / BAND):
Glow (Grand Magus)
Mountain of Power (Grand Magus)
Blue Room Amigos (Maurfahr)
Sunpaled Concrete (Maurfahr)
Molly (Mr. Plow)
Master Blaster (Mr. Plow)
Evil Tonix (Carn)
Pale like a Dead Lion (Carn)
Sick (just like you) (Fluid4)
Big Truck (Fluid4)
Nature Boy (Missed Her Bliss)
Optima Mid (Missed Her Bliss)
Industrial Lane (Honcho)
This is a compilation album released by the French label “Water Dragon Records”. The two Grand Magus tracks are taken from the “Demo Two Thousand”. It is also the first official Grand Magus release and was conceived before the band was signed to Rise Above Records.
Grand Magus, Maurfahr, Carn, Fluid4, Mr Plow, Ogre, Missed her Bliss, Honcho.
Eight bands, two songs for each (a lot of them exclusive to this CD). 76 minutes of desert sludge stoner rock.
It begins with Grand Magus ( “Glow”, “Mountain of power”), you can see them as a Heavy Lynyrd skynyrd or a ZZ top under steroids. Their two tracks have got lots of blues influences mixed with sludge from the swamp. Fans of the early 70s masters Mountain, GrandFunk and Cactus will dig this.
Maurfahr is a trio playing a kind of desert rock in the vein of Kyuss (“Blue room amigos”, “Sunpaled concrete”). There are lots of melodic passages in their tracks that are the central point of their music.
Then Mr Plow. Lots of common ground with bands like FuManchu and Nebula with some elements from C.O.C, The Melvins, Soundgarden. Catchy rock’n’roll riff ( ” Master blaster”) and desert vibes ( “Molly” ) a go go.
The French band Carn is the sludgiest band of this record. With heavy guitars and screaming vocals, they create their own world where Sludge, stoner rock and sometimes psychedelism combine “Evil Tonix” once again made me think of Celestial Season?s “Orange” sound. “Pale like a dead lion” had more in common with bands like 7Zuma7 and Candybar Planet).
Fluid 4 is a hypnotic band, a bit in the way of the French band Low vibes ( for the sound and the bass ). Slow, dirty, hypnotic, a voyage in the meanders of rock. The slow Big Truck has some Danzing like vibes. Missed Her Bliss comes from England and, their music combines some industrial ryhthm, very good riff and a whispering voice. Surely one of the big influence of Honcho is Sleep. The two tracks of the band “industrial lane” and “Murmansk” got some energy and bass playing that comes from Holy mountains era of Sleep. Very doom, Several times, the production on the voice gives a bit a spacey feeling.
Last but not least comes OGRE, Their songs “ogre” and “Skeletonized” can be described as a mix between Solarized, Plaster and Red Giant. Heavy and groovy, great rock songs