Rating:
7.5
Stangala - Boued Tousek Hag Traou Mat All
5 December 2011


01. Doom Rock Glazik
02. Al Lidou Esoterik An Dolmen Hud
03. Kalon An Noz
04. Sorcerezed
05. Deus Bars An Tan
06. Langoliers
07. Bigoudened An Diaoul
08. Boued Tousek Hag Traou Mat All
09. Izel Eo An Dour
10. Mij Du


Can you blow me where the pampers is? Can you BLOW me where the PAMPERS is?*

They know… they know…

Holy crap, sorry about that. Just listening to the latest from Stangala gave me one hell of a contact high.

This trio of Frenchmen apparently loves to run around in druid cloaks, consume mass quantities of hippie lettuce (and maybe fistfuls of magic mushrooms and other recreational pharmaceuticals) before picking up their instruments and groove to fuzzed-out retro stoner doom jams.

The jams themselves, while nothing new, are a lot of fun. These guys have a great groove and a well-balanced sound. They toss in a few more ingredients - the opening track opens with some crackling fuzz as if when hitting "play" you dropped the needle on the record of your old hi fi, as well as a bong hit during a breakdown.

They also show off their Celtic roots by breaking out the occasional traditional instruments, none more apparent than the shrill whine of the near-bagpipe instrument. While used subtly - or perhaps less then subtly within the context of the doom rawk jams, they add a cool layer to the whole thing. However they get annoying mighty fast when on their own, as in the entire track of "Kalon An Noz".

Another track, "Deus Bars An Tan" minimizes the instrumentation to a relative hypnotic drone with limited guitar riffs and instead focuses on what sounds like the crackle of burning wood and atmospheric vocal gargling chants before devolving into one serious Bad Trip. Whereas "Kalon An Noz" was annoying, this is a cool, ominous departure from the rest of the album.

Ultimately, though, the band is at their best when doing the whole doomed power trio thing and jamming away.

Now if you'll pardon me, I'm done hammering away at the keyboard… I need to go. I've got the overwhelming urge to eat an entire apple pie.


(* stoner reference from PCU)

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 6
Production: 8


 



Written on 04.02.2012 by
BitterCOld
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Boxcar Willy - 04.02.2012 at 00:59  
Definately going to check this out. Nice review,



*Eats cheesecake*
Lokaeda - 04.02.2012 at 18:34  
"originality - 6"? A bit underrated imo ^^ I mean, the metal parts have already been seen, that's for sure, but that's not everyday you find this kind of music mixed with folk instruments!
BitterCOld - 04.02.2012 at 19:01  
Written by Lokaeda on 04.02.2012 at 18:34

"originality - 6"? A bit underrated imo ^^ I mean, the metal parts have already been seen, that's for sure, but that's not everyday you find this kind of music mixed with folk instruments!


how much originality should something merit for just tacking a folk instrument on something that has been done?

if my buddies play ripped off err recycled Maiden riffs and I play a pan flute over the top of it, should it merit a really high originality score?

it's very enjoyable music, but the crux of it has been done.
Lokaeda - 04.02.2012 at 19:05  
Written by BitterCOld on 04.02.2012 at 19:01

how much originality should something merit for just tacking a folk instrument on something that has been done?

if my buddies play ripped off err recycled Maiden riffs and I play a pan flute over the top of it, should it merit a really high originality score?

it's very enjoyable music, but the crux of it has been done.


Some of the riffs they do are taken from traditional tunes from Brittany though but I see what you mean.

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