Bart M. : It is still early in the morning when I put on this Italian quartet their sophomore album. Even though this is definitely stoner rock I find myself immediately wide awake and intensely grinning. The instrumental intro, T.I.O. has an interesting, warm and heavy kind of repetition assisted by deviant guitar parts, making the sound full and fascinating. It made me think that should this have been just an instrumental band, they would have done a great job at it.
When the second songs sets in though, I realize I have not heard anything yet. To erupt is not the right verb here, because even though it is heavy and explosive there is always this sense of relaxedness present. Dark and doomy riffs on repetition, accompanied by fantastic, psychedelic guitar create a trip through a wonderful and kaleidoscopic cosmos. When the gentlemen open up their vocal chords everything falls into place: a mellow grunge sound and a whole lot of harmonies. Ode To Oblivion sounds at once familiar and, due to the enormous amount of energy and creativity, fresh and new. If Alice In Chains would have gotten on a spaceship that had a huge bong as an engine, would have arrived on a planet with ten times as much gravity as we have on Earth and would have recorded an album there, I am sure this is what it would have sounded like.
Sugar and spice, and all things nice.