Monday, April 24, 2017

Iron Buddha- RAT (2017)

Hailing from the swamps of Florida, Iron Buddha emerges to bring us their first album, "RAT". This one is a strong stoner/doom release that doesn't take itself too seriously. There's a good mix of songs on this album, some of which follow a traditional dark, gloomy motif, while others are silly and upbeat. "Wizards v. Aliens" is an especially fun track about aliens with fancy weapons and a wizard who ain't gonna deal with none of their nonsense. However, "Winds of Suffering" is a more serious experience that evokes imagery of someone waiting in the darkness. "RAT" is definitely not a one-trick pony and you'll be getting something a little different with every track. Songs might creep along slowly, or they might work up a quick groove. Some of the best moments on the album are when the two members of the band, Emilio Acosta and Jihad Nasser are both singing on a track. Their voices really work well together, whether they're trading off parts or shouting at the same time. Overall, this is a cool combination of different stoner/doom perspectives, so chances are you're going to hear something you like on here. -Brandon

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