Friday 17 February 2012


Carnaval are a Stoner Rock Band from Slovenia

Carnaval play a great blend of Blues/Hard-Rock/Stoner Rock with a great psych loud heavy edge to their music. The band take influence from many bands but play their own great style of Stoner Rock/Metal that is instantly very catchy and has more riffs you can shake a bong-pipe at.

The guys have been around for a since 2004 and have released 3 albums so far. And I am going to review their 3rd album – Tennis Football Basketball.

I haven’t heard of these guys before but I wish I had done. As their new album is an 8 song 45 minute brilliant blast of Blues/Funk/Grunge/Heavy Rock joined together with superb modern Stoner Rock Riffs.

The album is full of superb riffs with great lyrics to match. I can’t compare these guys to anyone around at the moment. I could say they are influenced by Kyuss, Clutch and QOTSA but even that doesn’t come close to this great band.

Tennis Football Basketball is a sublime album with some great laughs to have along the way. Mainly due to the highly inventive and original lyrics which the guys sing with great passion. This is a band that don’t take themselves too seriously and have a great sense of humour to their music.

But the guys know when to play a damn fine Stoner Rock riff to impress the listener with.

The album is full of potential classic stoner rock tracks that had me smiling from beginning to end. Especially on tracks like – “Tennis Football Basketball”, “Sugar and Sweets”, “El Caracazo” and my fave track the 8 minute plus epic “Universe” which shows what this great band does so well mainly blending their respective genres so well to something you don’t hear much of these days.

I have listened to Carnaval’s other great releases mainly their debut album “2” and follow up “1”. Both great releases in their own right but “Tennis Football Basketball” is where the band have come into their own as a great top-notch Stoner Rock band to check out. And hopefully to gain more fame and exposure in the process.

You would think Carnaval are from the Desert Sun of the Californian Desert rather than Slovenia. They have the Stoner Rock vibe spot on that most bands can only dream of.

All in all a great album which is superbly produced and played by all involved. This is one album you can listen to time and time again and you will never get bored.

My final verdict. Tennis Football Basketball – is a winner on all counts. An outstanding album by a brilliant band I am now a definite fan of. Great Work Guys.

You can buy this brilliant release from the guys BandCamp Page. The guys have informed me this brilliant release will roll back to  0 in two weeks (27 feb) so get it then if you want to wait.  Highly Recommended.

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