BONGZILLA - Amerijuanican

Bongzilla - Amerijuanican

7 songs
42:42 minutes
***** ***
Relapse / Suburban

Stoner rock was yesterday! After Kyuss broke the ice for the third wave of sludge rock, we were overwhelmed for a time with hordes of copycats that had more ambition than talent. If Bongzilla had the bad luck to drown in a quagmire of likewise bands, their tenacity has finally shown the entire world that they were from beginning something to be reckoned with. Sure, at first they may seem like a bunch of kids that like to smoke more dope than is good for them, and they don't miss a cliché to strengthen that impression. But the strangely titled Amerijuanican, with a cover that looks like a pothead vision of Vietnam war, has enough reasons to attract more than your average dope fan. You can call their music post-stoner, blues death or doom sludge, in the end it all comes down to the same: heavily detuned guitars, lots of nodding towards Black Sabbath, songs that are generally long and take their time to bury themselves through your ears into your head. It's hard to pick any highlights, as the album is soaring on a constantly high level, although the twelve minute epic Stonesphere with its bluesy jam atmosphere adds some welcome diversity and leaves with its bubbly noises no doubt as to where Bongzilla has their name from.

All in all Amerijuanican is a very good sludge blues album, with enough stamina to attract rock and metal crowds alike. They may stress one too many times what they like to do most in their lives, but as long as they come back with such powerful album like this, I couldn't care less.

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