Album Type: Album
Date Released: 15th July 2014
Label: Self Released
Sadhus The Smoking Community - track listing:
1.Burned By Hand 07:21
2.Colombian Boat Blues 01:56
3.The Smoking Community 08:54
5.Make Me 20 Euros 02:18
In the year of our lord 1980, a green massive comet falls down to earth. Inside it a huge hairball, rotten, matted all together begins to inhale music, different from the usual, just perfect to its ears. In its quest, three mushrooms forced it in the psychedelic form of music and a Baba helped it in his gnosis. So, all five after a lot of intergalactic wanderings, decided to stay in earth as the embodiment of five earthly figures, keeping their genuine un-earthly characters. Life in earth was not what they expected so decided to communicate through music. Magic herbs, intermixtures of smoke, a lot of alcohol mixes, hallucinatory quests led them to express themselves through their music their personal experiences on this fastidious planet. Using their own colours, their fury for everything and looking back to the beautifully trips, they tried through their pervert minds to express themselves. So different and yet so similar. Careless laughs, endless hangovers, trips to the unknown, general wanderings in hostile galaxies. All of that as the fellow-travellers at their rehearsals. And above all that, a powerful green stuff, leftover from the comet, taking care of them. Roll fast...play slow...!!!
St(r)eve Rolling Engineer
Sadhus (The Smoking Community) are a band for all you Sludge/Doom/Stoner fans who like their music with a WEEDIAN influence running through its veins. The debut album - The Smoking Community - is one heavy addictive hit of brutal and blazing riffs, which should find a loyal audience within the Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal community. It may not offer anything new but it is still an exciting and excellent album to listen to as Sadhus (The Smoking Community) pay homage to the legendary bands of the genre. The vocals have a distinctive old-school feel to them. Real mean and nasty with added bite where the death-based growls are concerned.
If you are a fan of bands such as Church Of Misery, Grief, EHG and Weedeater then you will be in your element here. Sadhus (The Smoking Community) add elements of blues-rock to their music for an album packed full of menace and bluesy soul as well. I have to say the album has it's fair share of great tracks to check out mainly the title track which is an epic and menacing listen when played at full blast. The riffs feel they were created in the legendary NOLA swamp and not Greece from where the band comes from.
The album has a gritty down-tempo feel, as Sadhus (The Smoking Community) do not mess about with their riffs. The music is brutal from the start with Sadhus (The Smoking Community) proving they know how to write a mean riff that packs an almighty punch. Sadhus (The Smoking Community) have even managed to call upon a couple of their famous friends to provide vocals on the album. Dani G from 1000mods and Mike from Lucky Funeral supply their vocal talents on one of the albums standout tracks - Make Me 20 Euros - even though it is only on for 2 mins or so. It does have a snarling punk rock vibe mixed in with the fast-paced Sludge/Stoner Metal riffs. Play this track nice and loud if you want to annoy the neighbours with.
I am not going to do a lengthy review as actions speak louder than words. Sadhus (The Smoking Community) have created a monster here folks. It is a fantastic sounding album as you can feel every bone-crunching note and riff coming at you from all angles. There is no escape from Sadhus (The Smoking Community). My advice - Download this now as it is available on BandCamp Buy Now Download. You won't regret it. Sadhus The Smoking Community is another outstanding album for the rising Greek Sludge/Stoner Metal scene. It could be that Sadhus (The Smoking Community) are the loudest Sludge/Stoner Metal band that Greece has to offer now.
The album is also available to buy on CD and Vinyl from BandCamp now.
Excellent and Highly Recommended.
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Written by Steve Howe