(8/10) The title of this album couldn't be chosen much better. "Volume Rock" describes exactly what you get with this longplayer. Valley Of The Sun releases with "Volume Rock" an album that hits bulls eye. The guys from Cincinatti, Ohio push the pedal to the metal and the result are nine fuzz/stoner rock songs that are highly entertaining.
It's actually the first time that I recognize that Valley Of The Sun sounds partly a bit like Volbeat. "Wants and Needs" is one example and it's the vocal lines that reminds me, in parts, of Poulsen.
Anyhow. The new songs are fuzz rock, stoner rock and garage rock with an essence of grunge, all in one. The tunes on "Volume Rock" are sometimes around 2 minutes and spot on, like the fabulous "The Hunt", while "I Breathe the Earth" is a slow moving beast that brings back the good old Kyuss sound.
One of the weirdest songs on the new longplayer is named "Speaketh the Shaman". It's a cool smasher that unveils some irresistable grooves after a while. This song demands a few times of listening before it reveals its hypnotic pleasure.
The stoner influence comes also back in the last tune. "Empty Visions" belongs to the real winners of the album.
"Volume Rock" should be listened loud. Turn on the amplifier and push your speakers to the limits. This album demands the full capacity of your equipement (and some tolerance from your neighbors).
- Eternal Forever
- Wants and Needs
- The Hunt
- Land of Fools
- I Breathe the Earth
- Speaketh the Shaman
- Beneath the Veil
- Empty Vision
Label: Fuzzorama Records
Genre: Stoner/Fuzz Rock
Release Date EU: April 29th, 2016