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13 by Premonition 13
Released: Jun 2011
Label: Volcom Entertainment
Wino Weinrich's umpteenth outfit sets itself above the stoner metal pack both via its employment of open space (two guitars allow for lush beauty to balance out the brawny hairy Yeti doom), and via a butt-boogie groove harking back to Mountain or early Grand Funk Railroad as much as Sabbath. The prevailing mood, highlighted by titles about peyote roads and (in Spanish) syringe sorcery, conjures endless brain-burned wandering across sun-baked equatorial expanses. But riff behemoths like "Modern Man" and the Motorhead-style "Deranged Rock N' Roller" stay meaty, beaty, big and bouncy regardless.
CHUCK EDDY