Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Beelzefuzz - The Righteous Bloom (Album Review)


Release date: August 15th 2016. Label: Restricted Release/The Church Within. Format: CD/DD

The Righteous Bloom – Tracklisting

01 Nazriff
02 The Soulless
03 Hardluck Melody
04 Rat Poison Parfait
05 Eternal Waltz
06 Within Trance
07 Nebulous
08 The Righteous Bloom
09 Sanctum & Solace
10 Dying On The Vine
11 Peace Mind

Band Members:

Dana Ortt - Lead vocals/guitar
Darin McCloskey - drums
Greg Diener - Lead guitar/vocals
Bert Hall - Bass guitar

Review:

Greetings all,

I got to check out the new album from Maryland Doom rockers Beelzefuzz! On top of having a great moniker, the band has a great Fuzzy, Doomed out Rock sound. This is the bands 2nd album, and first since reforming a couple of years back. I am reminded more of 70's era rock in listening to these guys. The first image in my head was actually Dio era Sabbath. Although, I am an Ozzy guy, the sound is great. There is even a bit of NWOBHM in the dual guitar attack that pops up from time to time. But you can't deny the obvious Doom influence these guys hold. Seeing as to how they are from the same general stomping grounds as Doom titans Pentagram and the mighty Wino.

Every song is solid, and the album as a whole is a great listening experience. Along with the great guitar work, there are bits of organ and background singers that wreak of the 70's vibe. If I had one minor complaint, it is that the production on this record is almost too clean, the music tends to drop kind of low in the mix. I tend to like my guitars loud and sound raw, but this is one man's opinion and is in no way, shape, or form a knock against this fine piece of music. Beelzefuzz is technical tight and it definitely shows on this record. But I think the centerpiece of the record is the vocals. The singer wails and croons like Dio in his prime, conjuring tales of doomy redemption. Worth the price of admission alone.

The record itself is a journey worth taking, beginning to end. Although. if you are looking for stand out tracks. The second track, The Soulless, is a rocking piece of music, and a great driving song. The song Nebulous, is a bit of off tempo metal thump, and Dying on the Vine leads into a strong close.

If you dig Pentagram, Dio, The Sword, or the like you will dig Beelzefuzz. Check 'em out. You will dig them and the Righteous Bloom is a Rockin Blast worth repeated spins!

Words by Todd Stealey

Thanks to Paula at Abstract Distribution and Jan at Sure Shot Worx for the promos. The Righteous Bloom is available to buy from Restricted Release and The Church Within on CD/DD now.


Saturday, 20 August 2016

Los Disidentes Del Sucio Motel - Human Collapse (Album Review)


Release date: September 09th 2016. Label: Ripple Music. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Human Collapse – Tracklisting

1.7PM Choice
2.Decision
3.Departure
4.Trip
5.Border
6.Community
7.Downfall
8.Rebirth
9.Determination
10.5PM Arrival

Band Members:

Nico - Guitar & Vocals
Julien - Bass & Vocals
Romain - Guitar
Greg - Drums
Dany - Keyboard & Vocals

Review:

Los Disidentes Del Sucio Motel (LDDSM) return after a three year break with a new album – Human Collapse. Their last album Arcane became a favourite of mine when it was released back in 2013. It was a darker and heavier offering compared to their debut album, Soundtrack From The Motion Picture.

LLDSM are now signed to Ripple Music and Human Collapse is their debut release for Ripple Music. It’s not the only thing that has changed. LDDSM have changed their style of music yet again. Whilst their first album was more of a Desert/Stoner Rock album. Their second album was more of a Progressive Doom/Stoner Metal album. Human Collapse sees the band venture into more Progressive Sludge/Post-Metal territory and is perhaps the heaviest release Ripple Music have released to date.

LDDSM carry on the darker tones of Arcane but this time they opt for a heavier sludge style of riffs for Human Collapse. The opening three tracks – 7pm Choice, Decision and Departure sees LDDSM create heavy doom/sludge riffs merged with a darker psychedelic stoner metal vibe. The vocals and guitars are eeringly familiar from Arcane but these songs have a more depressing feel.

It’s took me multiple listens to fully appreciate this album. It’s a daring and quite brave record for the band to release. It has more than enough subtle Doom/Stoner riffs to keep long-time fans of the band wholly satisfied though newer fans will need more convincing. The lyrical content is very dark compared to past releases. The album leaves you with a depressing after thought especially on songs such as Border, Community, Downfall and the majestic 5pm Arrival.

LDDSM have crafted a deeply challenging album that you would expect from their sludge/post-metal contemporaries. Human Collapse is an album written around the concept of Humanity destroying the planet once and for all. Remember, LDDSM’s last album, seen the band battling the Occult and other things that go bump in the night. This is definitely a stark contrast between both albums. LDDSM don’t abandon their trademark sound altogether as Human Collapse album has many familiar moments that made Arcane such a great album to listen to.

Human Collapse is LDDSM’s most daring work to date. It’s a challenging album to listen to at times but that’s perhaps the bands original vision. To release something different that came before it. The production is first-rate and it sounds intense from the start.

Ripple Music perhaps deserve the biggest praise for releasing this album. As long-time fans of the label may think they’re taking a risk releasing something heavy as this. Time will tell but I applaud their decision. Human Collapse shows that Ripple Music have the balls to release something brutally heavy compared to their usual releases.

Though this is LDDSM’s show and they excel on every level with Human Collapse. I still prefer Arcane but Human Collapse is another stunning and wonderful record from this hugely talented band.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Claire at Purple Sage for the promo. Human Collapse will be available to buy via Ripple Music from September 09th 2016 on CD/DD/Vinyl.

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Indivia - Horta (Album Review)


Release date: September 26th 2016. Label: Argonauta Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Horta – Tracklisting

Dharma
The Green Planet
Hyperion
Shogun
Cio' Che Tradisce
Re-Growth

Band Members:

Andrea Missagia - Guitar
Nathalie Antonello - Drums
Diego Loreggian - Bass

Review:

Indivia are newly signed to Argonauta Records. One of my fave record labels who have been on a roll recently signing great artists to their impressive roster. Indivia are no different as their album is another winning entry from Argonauta Records. So what can you expect from Indivia. Well the band were a new entity to me as I hadn’t heard of them before.

Their new album, Horta is their second full length album but acts as the perfect introduction to Indivia’s groove laiden Doom/Stoner riffs. Reviewing instrumental albums can be a very hard thing to do at times but Indivia’s music make this so easy as they’ve released an exciting and different kind of instrumental doom/stoner metal album. It’s a heavy and almost gloomy affair from the start.

Opening track Dharma runs for less than three minutes but Indivia show you what they can do despite the short running time. Heavy moments of distorted instrumental Doom/Stoner Metal riffs merged with murky psychedelics are the main key. It has the right balance of slow paced moments and angrier faster riffage.

Second track The Green Planet sees Indivia bring heavy thunderous riffs to forefront of the action. As the band create a bass heavy affair to build their epic riffs upon. Fans of SardoniS will find much to enjoy here but Indivia offer perhaps a more well rounded experience. The song is a mixture of sombre Stoner Riffs but matched with a more gloomy doom metal vibe. The soundclip that appears towards the end of the song is a very cool touch that moves Indivia’s music into the realm of Space Rock.

Third track Hyperion opens with a drone based sludgy riff before the band add layers of Doom/Stoner riffs played at a very slow pace. The drums slowly come in as the song becomes more faster before the normal sounds of long drawn out riffs appear. Indivia take their time with this song though the mood can be very sloppy at times. Though that’s not to say it’s a bad song. In fact, it’s a very good song. I felt that the heavier moments didn’t flow smoothly as they should. It can leave you feeling disorientated at times.

The final three songs on the album offer more straight-forward Doom/Stoner Metal riffs with Indivia creating even louder psych based noises especially on tracks such as Shogun and the final track, Re-Growth. Horta is expertly produced as the album sounds superb. The mood of the album is loud and crisp throughout. Indivia expand on their sound with each individual song almost to the point that the songs sound vastly different to each other.

Horta is a dark, loud and exciting album to listen to especially if you’re a fan of Instrumental Doom/Stoner Metal. This album is only being released on CD and Digital Download which is a crying shame. As this album deserves a vinyl release to fully experience it’s dark and twisted vision. Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Barbara at NeeCee Agency for the promo. Horta will l be available to buy via Argonauta Records from September 26th 2016 on CD/DD.

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Fuzz Evil - S/T (Album Review)


Release date: September 30th 2016. Label: Battleground Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Fuzz Evil – S/T – Tracklisting

Good Medicine
My Fuzz
Killing The Sun
Bring Them Through
Odin Has Fallen
Black Dread

Band Members:

Wayne Rudell – Vocals/Guitar
Joseph Rudell – Bass Guitar
Daniel Graves – Drums

Arthur Seay (House Of Broken Promises/Unida) – Lead Guitar on ‘Good Medicine’
Marlin Tuttle – Drums
Brian Gold – Keys

Review:

Fuzz Evil’s self-titled album is one that merges vintage Stoner Rock with a more modern Fuzz Rock attitude to match. The band comprising members of Powered Wig Machine so you can’t question the pedigree of the band members as they know how to write a mean riff with great lyrics to match. Nor are they Powered Wig Machine II. As Fuzz Evil are a very different band to Powered Wig Machine.

Opening track – Good Medicine – sees Fuzz Evil play Heavy Psych based Stoner with elements of Fuzz being added. The band capture the vibe of classic Stadium/Hard Rock with the vocals and lyrics firmly rooted in more modern surroundings. Fuzz Evil is here to give you a good time and it’s an infectious groove that keeps you entertained to the very end.

Second track – My Fuzz – is one of the albums heaviest offerings with the band leaning towards a more Doom Rock/Metal atmosphere but the Fuzz remains strong with this song. The instrumental work is superb yet again with lead vocalist Wayne excelling and showing his passion for the legendary stoner rock vocalists down the years. The music may sound simplistic at times but you need to listen further as these guys include a lot of different ideas into their music. Especially when the trademark guitar solos appear.

Third track – Killing The Sun – has a certain QOTSA feel. Fast-paced guitars and intense drumming that make this another winning track from the Fuzz Evil crew. The vibe does become very trippy and psychedelic towards the end.

The other three songs on the album – Bring Them Through, Odin Has Fallen and Black Dread – sees Fuzz Evil only expand their Fuzz/Stoner sound with heavier riffs being the main order of business. Odin Has Fallen and Black Dread are the two standout songs that not only demands your full attention but ones that will have you rocking out in agreement. Black Dread contains perhaps the heaviest riffs on the album as Fuzz Evil go all out with heavy psychedelic riffs.

I only have one issue with the album and that is the run-time. It’s too short. The album only runs for thirty minutes which is a shame as it could have easily included a couple of more songs to make the album last longer. If you miss the classic early days of QOTSA then Fuzz Evil’s debut album is the album for you. As Fuzz Evil manage to create a great identity of their own where the music is loud, powerful and brimming with cool ideas. Yeah, Fuzz Evil has delivered on all counts. Miss this and miss out.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Richard at Sheltered Life PR for the promo. Fuzz Evil self-titled album will be available to buy via Battleground Records from September 30th 2016 on CD/DD/Vinyl.

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ZED - Trouble In Eden (Album Review)


Release date: August 26th 2016. Label: Ripple Music. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Trouble In Eden – Tracklisting

1.Royale
2.Save You From Yourself
3.The Only True Thing
4.Today Not Tomorrow
5.Trouble In Eden
6.Blood Of The Fallen
7.High Indeed
8.So Low
9.Across The Sea
10.The Mountain

Band Members:

Pete Sattari- Guitar/Vox
Rich Harris - Drums
Greg Lopez - Guitar
Mark Aceves - Bass

Review:

San Jose hard-rocking outfit – Zed return with their third album – Trouble In Eden. Newly signed to Ripple Music. Yeah, those guys again. Ripple Music are everywhere at the moment as they're probably the go-to label for signing top-notch quality Doom/Stoner Rock bands at the moment. And Zed is no different...

Trouble In Eden sees Zed bring a more psychedelic flair to their music. They still maintain their usual trademark Blues/Stoner/Hard Rock sound though this time the volume has definitely been turned upto 11.

Opening track, Royale is a thumping number where the guitars are played to maximum effect and lead vocalist Pete on fine confident form. It's a more hard rock/stoner rock vibe compared to previous songs they've released in the past. It's a winning start with the band showing a real passion for groovy riffs and great lyrics to match.

Second track, Save You From Yourself sounds like Zed of old with a vibrant Blues Rock backdrop giving way to a harder Stoner Rock vibe. It has quite a funk driven sound which is very cool to hear. The band have experimented with their sound compared to Desperation Blues and this song shows you how far Zed have come over the last few years.

I'm not going to spend a huge time going through all of the songs on Trouble In Eden as I'll be here all day. All I will say is that Zed have written a collection of great tracks that will appeal to both old and new fans of the band. They have all bases covered with a stunning array of songs that will appeal to both fans of the Hard Rock/Stoner Rock spectrum. Zed include many different moments of Psych, Blues, Grunge, Stoner and Hard Rock that will make you join their musical revolution in causing Trouble In Eden itself.

Other great tracks to check out are: The Only True Thing, Trouble In Eden, High Indeed and The Mountain. All songs showing how Zed have become a better and more exciting band since Desperation Blues. Zed needed to deliver a BIG ALBUM for Ripple Music. In my mind they have delivered on all counts as Trouble In Eden is an album that offers the listener 10 tracks of pure hard rock fury.

Trouble In Eden is perhaps the first step in Zed's career to launch themselves on an international scale. If they build upon the huge sound contained here we could be singing Zed's praises for a long time to come. I hope the world is listening as Zed is ready to raise some HELL!!!

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Richard at Sheltered Life PR for the promo. Trouble In Eden will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Ripple Music from August 26th 2016.

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Helms Alee - Stillicide (Album Review)


Release date: September 02nd 2016. Label: Sargent House. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Stillicide – Tracklisting

1.More Weight
2.Untoxicated
3.Tit to Toe
4.Meats and Milks
5.Stillicide
6.Galloping Mind Fuk
7.Creeping You Company
8.Dream Long
9.Bullygoat
10.Andromenous
11.Worth Your Wild

Band Members:

Ben Verellen
Dana James
Hozoji Matheson-margullis

Review:

After giving Helms Alee new album Stillicide a couple of listens I realzied that I couldn't find the appropriate way to describe the band. They are heavy, but not heavy metal. The music is too well played and recorded to be punk music. I'm sure there is a post- something tag that I am no way near hip enough to know that could apply, then it dawned on me, the way to best describe this record is good....really, really good!

Helms Alee is a trio from Seattle. Stillicide is their 4th full length. I am a fan as I have their first two albums. I somehow slept on their 3rd, Sleepwalking Sailors (sorry!). Perhaps there is something about that Pacific Northwest region that causes the musicians to blend so many different styles together so seamlessly. If you break it down to it's purest/simplest form Grunge music, was basically an amalgamation of pop, punk, and heavy metal done with an indie mindset. Helms Alee does a similar sort of thing. I don't want diminish anything on this fine record, but I was reminded on multiple occasions of a heavier version of Sonic Youth when listening to some of the songs. Which is a good thing, I was a big Sonic Youth fan that was heartbroken when the band broke up and honestly, I haven't the time, energy or money to follow them on any of their post SY adventures. Helms Alee slides into that empty void of pounding dissonance and relishes in it.

There are so many elements to the band's music that you hear something new on every listen, which to me, is a sign of a great band and a great record. There are riffs aplenty, an interesting mix of male/female vocal interplay, some huge driving drums and plenty of low end to keep fans of any genre happy and listening on.

The opening, instrumental track More Weight is interesting as it plays an almost symphonic rock quality, that makes you double check that you are on the right album, it works and quickly gives way to the concise, pounding Untoxicated. One of the albums most stellar tracks is Tit to Toe, one of the many tracks that mixes the often under appreciated male/female vocal interplay that makes Helms stellar. Meats and Milks stumbles in and melts your face and leads into the bass riff of the title track. The band takes you on a ride with Galloping Mind Fuk and leaves you unsettled on Creeping you Company. Dream Long is another killer track. Bullygoat and Andromenous continue to deliver with power and chiming dissonance before the albums killer final track Worth your Wild, is truly that.

Stillicide is a beautiful, brutal, multi layered experience that will bring you back listen after listen. You can peel away layers like an onion and hear sounds and influences time after time. Check this record out, you will not be disappointed.

Words by Todd Stealey

Thanks to Rachel at Silver PR for the promo. Stillicide will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Sargent House from September 2nd 2016.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Music For The People - An Interview with BRANT BJORK

Brant Bjork is perhaps one of the most distinctive artists within the Desert/Stoner Rock scene over the last 30 years or so. Rising to prominence with Stoner Metal legends РKyuss. Since then Brant has played drums for fellow Stoner Rock legends РFu Manchu. Ch̩ and Vista Chino.

Though it's his solo work that's endured Brant Bjork even further to the Desert/Stoner Rock generation. Brant released his last album back in 2014 with Brant Bjork and The Low Desert Punk Band. Black Flower Power was that album and it was acclaimed by fans and critics alike for being one of Brant's best record in years.

Fast forward two years later and Brant is back with Tao Of The Devil. A more classic 70s sounding album compared to Black Flower Power. Don't worry though as Brant has still included his trademark style of Desert/Stoner Rock riffs. The Low Desert Punks moniker may not be seen
but their presence is still felt on the new album.

I was given the chance to talk to Brant Bjork recently and this is what we talked about....



Hi Brant. Thanks for doing this interview. How things with you. Congrats on the new album. Tao Of The Devil.

Things are good. Things are fine. Thank you.

Such a great record. Very different to Black Flower Power. What can people expect from that record

To me it's just a Rock and Roll record you know. We shifted gears a little bit. Bubba DuPree co-produced the album along with myself. We kind of wanted to get the guitars sounding a specific way and wanted the overall recording to have an old school kind of sound and vibe. I think we achieved that.

It's very lo-fi, bluesy compared to your last record. Was that the plan to release something different.

Yeah, we definitely tapped into our more bluesy influences.

Did you do anything different recording this album compared to the last album.

The recording process was a bit similar to the last record. We recorded in my studio out in the desert. We did basic tracks and I've got some vintage recording gear as I wanted to capture the live performance and record the sound that's coming from our amps. From the guitars and drums. I like to capture all that onto vintage gear.

So we have a nice organic foundation that we have to work from and build upon. Once that's established I don't mind bringing in computers and using them as efficient tools to kind of mix, overdub and do vocals for stuff like that. So we combined the old ways with the new ways.

We're always in pursuit in creating a record that sounds natural and organic.

Why did you call the album Tao Of The Devil. Any specific meaning.

That's just a way of expressing of how sometimes we feel or believe or unpleasant, can be very necessary in our evolution in life. I don't know how to express that more specifically. It's just my way of saying - “Everything serves a purpose!”

I thought you would release this with The Low Desert Punk Band name attached but it's coming out under your name only.

Couple of years back when I returned to my solo work and assembled a band. I kind of decided to use the moniker of Low Desert Punk Band to describe the 3 guys and myself collectively got together with. That would have been Dave Dinsmore – Bass, Tony Tornay – Drums and Bubba DuPree – Guitar. Tony and myself grew up together in the desert and we would have fell into the categorization of Low Desert Punks.

We were kind of having fun and thought that would be a fun way of carrying the spirit of that and my return doing solo work. Now we have kind evolved from that initial musical idea. Even though Dave and Bubba are part of the band, we have a new drummer – Ryan Goode. Well the old-new drummer if you will. Upon finalising this record and and the creative process and doing quite a few shows together with this line-up, we felt the band, myself and management thought the Low Desert Punk band was unnecessary and to release it under my own name.


The artwork as with your albums are always fucking cool. And this is no different. Who designed the artwork and what made you go with that design.

I think conceptually, I worked together with good friends of mine who are very gifted artists. Alex who goes under the name of AXIS. He created the logo and designed the entire cover. He did a fantastic job and he's a very respected artist in Los Angeles.

All the photos were taking by a very close friend of mine, whose a very accomplished artist by the name of Carl Hann. The three of us put our stuff together and that's what we came up with. We are all very proud how it turned out.

It's very 70s influenced with the backdrop and the logo.

The 70s were such a great decade and I have a nostalgic relationship with that decade for many reasons mainly for Rock and Roll. The 70s were a beautiful time for Rock and Roll. It's hard not to be inspired by that decade.

The album has quite a distinctive 70s vibe and influence especially compared to your previous albums. Was that the plan for this record. To honour your musical influences from that decade.

Yeah. There's an element to my artistry and I can say I speak for Bubba as well. We just a share a love for the old-school Rock and the way it was recorded. We're not anti-modern rock. We just feel that we're both influenced and motivated by preserving an art-form. We don't want a particular style and approach to things to be lost. We're young enough to be able to contribute to today's music but old enough to know what the 60s, 70s & 80s had to offer.

We take the responsibility that we are trying to preserve what is important for today's generation. So they can get into Rock and Roll music.

This is your last contracted album for Napalm Records. Are you open to working with Napalm again. Or you looking for new challenges.

Both. I'm open to working with Napalm again. I'm open to releasing to music to new avenues. I'm very grateful that Napalm wanted to assist me in putting music out there. We don't see eye to eye on everything but that's OK. In the end we get the music out there and that's what it's all about.

There's definitely pros and cons on releasing music on your own label. Right now myself and my management will be looking at all the cards on the table and which one we want to play.

We haven't decided yet.

I've read recently you're planning on re-issuing your previous albums. Can you tell me a little more about that. What albums are you planning on re-doing.

I kind of reached a point in my career as a solo artist where I've got quite a few records under my belt. I planned to keep making records. It's about time I look back at my catalogue and see if there's some titles that might deserve to be re-released and celebrated again.

Or maybe a compilation record or a best-of record if you will.

Really. Can you tell people more about that.

Yeah. There's a couple of concepts that my manager and I are looking at. All of them revolve them celebrating the past releases. We'll see what we will come up with.


You're going on tour soon in Europe. You looking forward to that as you don't tour as much now.

I am. I'm really looking forward to the European Tour in the fall and promoting/playing the new record. The dates look good. The routing looks good. There's already some good vibes around the release.

I'm anticipating a really good tour. The band and I are excited in getting back to work, getting a set of songs together and starting rehearsing. We're excited.

Are there plans for you to do US dates in the future.

Right now, we only have a couple of dates. Looking to confirm that will kind of act as warm-up dates for the European Tour. We are looking to play Los Angeles and San Francisco. Nothing has been officially confirmed but it's in the works.

I'm sure we'll book some more American dates in 2017 to celebrate the new record as well.

Earlier this year you were involved in presenting a festival – Desert Generator. How did you become involved with that.

That was fantastic. That was an amazing experience. I got involved with that through my manager – Ryan Jones. His close friends are involved in the custom van culture. Ryan is also involved in the music business and it was a coming together of like minded cultures and people. Vans, Custom Cars and Rock & Roll.

Desert culture plays a big part and we kind of combined it all through a festival. Some friends of mine have a very cool bar/road house out in the desert where they have live music and good vibes. It was the perfect place to have a Custom Van/Rock Show. Everyone was out in the desert and out under the stars. It was amazing.

It's going to be an annual thing we are preparing to do this again in Spring 2017.

For me personally, I had a vision 25 years ago, I thought music I was involved with and finding a way to create a scene if you will. It took me about 25 years to see that vision to come to a reality. I'm a patient man and it became reality.

You had a killer line up with yourself, Red Fang and Ecstatic Vision.

The line-up was fantastic. It couldn't have been a better line-up. It really was an awesome line-up. The festival was a real hit. A lot of that success is down to Ryan (Brant's Manager), he picked the line-up and did a great job. Ryan is very intuitive. He had some good ideas. Everyone did their part. It really came off.

You said it's going to be an annual festival. Will that create more work for you personally or will you leave to management to sort out.

No, I'm happy to be involved. The United States is an entirely different machine as opposed to Europe and the UK. You've got to treat it as such. You've got to do it in it's own way. What works for Europe and UK doesn't always work in the US.

That's something I've been trying to wrap my head round for many years now. I think with Desert Generator, we are finally starting to tap into something that works for the American market. We are going to continue going with that.

Moving onto a different medium, there have been two documentaries released this year – Desert Age and Lo Sound Desert – where you featured on both movies. Have you seen both films yet and did you have an enjoyable experience being interviewed for both of them.

I did. I saw both films. I thought they were both done very well. I commend the directors of both films for committing to the subject and releasing their films. That's always respectable. I happened to enjoy Desert Age more. That's not to say I think it's a better film.

I thought there was some remarks and some things that people said in the Lo Sound Desert video that felt like heavy criticism relating to Kyuss. I know these guys very well as we grew up together in the scene. I thought some of their comments were critical, negative and unnecessary. I also felt the Director who made the film, edited the film and the way he put the film together kind of shed a negative light on Kyuss that I thought was very unnecessary.

I don't really know why people I know well would want to discredit a band that opened a lot of doors for people. I think it might be just in my opinion, good old fashioned jealousy or perhaps envious. I don't know what it really is but the thing that's really embarrassing is when it cuts to their bands, they sound very much like Kyuss.

The whole thing is a bit odd and strange to me. I don't know why the stuff was included into the film. That's the reason why I enjoy Desert Age more as it had a more appropriate storyline and it had a positive vibration throughout the film.


Does it still surprise you that Kyuss split over 20 years ago and the legacy is still growing and growing.

I'm very grateful that I got to experience things with Kyuss. It's hard to express sometimes as Kyuss was a huge part of my life as a young kid. It actually was the catalyst for setting me on a path that led to me where I am now and I'm forever grateful for that.

The fact that people still enjoy the music and celebrate it and that's awesome. I'm come to the conclusion that we as musicians, create music and we all have many reasons and motivations for pursing the art of music.

I've realised after all these years with the music that I've created and contributed that the music is not really for me. Your own music isn't for you. It's for other people. Sometimes I don't understand the music that I create or write. I don't understand why people like it or dislike it. Or even why they celebrate it on certain levels.

It can be an exhausting thing to try and wrap your head around it all. The bottom line is none of us knew what we were doing in the moment or what kind of effect would it have on ourselves and other people. We just created music.

THE MUSIC IS FOR THE PEOPLE AND THEY CAN HAVE IT!!!!

It's a great thing. IF THEY WANT IT, I WILL CONTINUE MAKING MUSIC AS I LOVE MAKING MUSIC.

I'm very lucky that people want what I create.

Well Brant thanks for doing this interview. All the best with the new album. It's a killer record.

Thank you so much.

Words by Steve Howe and Brant Bjork

Thanks to Mona and Andy at Napalm Records for arranging this interview. Especially Mona who re-arranged this interview as I experienced major technical difficulties with the first interview that I carried out with Brant. I want to thank Brant for taking the time out for doing both interviews with myself.

Tao Of The Devil will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Napalm Records from Sept 30th 2016.

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