The first and last tracks are pretty cool though. This is the only Kyuss I haven't heard, should probably get on it. Review is ok, a bit of constructive criticism; It's not all bad, tho. Should be "So is Wretch stoner metal? Also, it'd be better to put song and album titles in italics rather than bold, it just looks better, and every word of titles should be capitalised. You're fairly inconsistant with the bold, italics and capitals so you should fix that, and like people have already said the review could have quite a lot trimmed off and lose nothing.
You don't, for example, need to mention every single song, it's better to just describe the music and atmosphere of the album as a whole, like you do in the fourth paragraph. I also think that the pro's and con's section is unneccessary. Kyuss Wretch 4. Review Summary: Hard Rock for the red sun. Rank: 59 for Genres are a silly thing. Without them, I think people would have more varied tastes including me.
How much would people love country if people like Billy Ray Cyrus hadn't made a mockery of it. And most obviously? How would people realize the genius of an album like " Liquid Swords " if they can't shut the hell up about " Rap is just talking over stolen music ".
Politically and socially, this would be considered racism and ignorance, but in the music world, it's what defines some as listeners. I try to broden my horizons, without it becoming me trying to act elitist and open minded in an annoying way.
It's not all bad, tho. I can't tell you how many artists I've discovered simply because they were pigeonholed into the same scene as another band I liked. Like everything else, it's hypocritical to take a solid stance for or against genre definitions.
What does this have to do with the album? Be patient, dammit. I was recently wearing a t-shirt of the very album I'm reviewing, when I get the age old " Hey dude, what's your shirt say ". Unfortunately it was a dorky man who probably wouldn't listen to the album if I burned it for him, and not a slutty round titted woman I could start a meaningless conversation with.
Despite this, I indulged him. A smart man would say " Oh, they're rock ", but the hipster snob in me took over and I blurted out " Durrr, stoner metal ". I say this to a many that hasn't drank or smoked in years.
Thus most likely turning him off to the band simply because it's considered Stoner metal. Like all conversations between two white people, the conversation turned to Pink Floyd, and Kyuss was no longer the topic of discussion. So Is Wretch Stoner Metal. Honestly, it does have that vibe. It'd be less ignorant to just consider it hard rock, but who cares? It's not bad though, just a little different. The problems in Wretch are pretty clear.
To begin with, one of the first things to note is the production, which is rough. While not horrendous, it is on a muddy, slightly uncomfortable side of the garage rock style. This style on the album does add uniqueness and charm to this offering, but it also contributes to the unevenness the album suffers from as well as not doing full justice to Kyuss' sound, however much in its infancy at this point. Another issue the album has is simply the songs being all over the place.
Something that can be said heartily about Kyuss' later albums is how well they mesh together. Each one has its own nuances and styles, unique against the others, and a feeling that the songs were written together with natural flow. Wretch, on the other hand, has a sort of "pre-band syndrome" in that the songs aren't always coherently fitted together, showcasing a band still formulating its signature sound. This aspect of Wretch is easily understood when taken into account that it was made from earlier demos that were rerecorded and some not that date back to the formative years of Sons of Kyuss one of the reasons that the band doesn't think of it as their true debut.
With the problems aside, what does Wretch have going for it? Well, it's a very fun album with lots of raw power and Kyuss-style stoner metal goodness.
To be honest, I find most of the album to be quite strong on its own and the shortcomings usually seem larger when comparing it to what Kyuss would later accomplish. The album starts off strong with [Beginning of What's About to Happen] Hwy 74 and stays strong as it rips through several more songs with energy. Son of a Bitch is one of my favorite Kyuss numbers and Katzenjamer is pure fun. Deadly Kiss melts speakers with some of Kyuss' sludgiest moments and The Law follows it up with some frantic riffing.
After one of the strongest tracks being I'm Not, the downside follows with Big Bikes with its average bluesy riff and weird, uncharacteristic vocals, making it the one song I tend to skip. But thankfully, the album goes out on a good instrumental jam in Stage III. The last song is prophetic of the psychedelic jams in Kyuss' next album, but it contains the rawness of their debut, so it's an interesting representation of the Wretch-era Kyuss before they perfected their sound.
Overall, while Wretch does have many things to criticize and can be called uneven and rough, it still manages to be a worthy entry in Kyuss' discography. Wretch isn't a fully realized album, but it contains enough uniqueness in itself to stand on its own two feet as well as highs that are as good as anything Kyuss has done. Some might not find it appealing for its deficiencies, but I think it's far from unapproachable or worth ignoring.
Ultimately, no fan of stoner metal or Kyuss should pass on this. Some bands start their career off with a bang. Both Black Sabbath and Metallica had legendary debut albums, with the former providing the beginning to the genre we all love.
It doesn't always happen like that. Just like many bands with great first albums never make anything good again, there are lots of great bands that start off with average albums.
Kyuss is one of those bands. While their first full length isn't amazing, everyone who knows Kyuss knows that the next three albums are amazing. This is Kyuss before they found their sound.
This release is one of the first things legendary guitar player Josh Homme performed on. He is currently the front man for the incredibly successful rock bands Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures, as well as playing drums for Eagles of Death Metal. It is intriguing to see the humble beginnings of this talented man. For the most part, the guitar playing is competent, but hardly adventurous.
The rest of the band perform in a similar manner. The bass is not very noticeable and Brant Bjork isn't yet the great drummer he would later be. John's whiskey laced vocals are the best thing about this album. While they are not nearly as powerful as they would be on the subsequent releases, they are miles above everything else. Wretch is marred by a horrible production. Even the band themselves admit this. While bad production can sometimes be a good thing if your playing a genre like black metal or punk, it is certainly not the case here.
The sound is very muddy and dull. The guitar is the worse offender; it plods along with really mediocre distortion. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Articles Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. My Profile.
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