Thursday, 6 March 2014

Black Hell Oil - Smoke You Up - EP Review

Smoke You Up cover art

Album Type:EP
Date Released: 3rd Jan 2014
Label: Self Released

Smoke You Up - track listing:

1.Smoke You Up 04:45
2.You're a Machine 01:54
3.Rock and Roll ain't the same these days 06:01
4.In My Way 03:05
5.Bring It On 04:24


Remember when music was about feel and intensity. Now along comes Black Hell Oil from Saskatoon, SK. to give the scene an obnoxious punch in the mouth. We have been compared to the likes of Kyuss and Sleep with the fury and volume of Motorhead. This makes Black Hell Oil a must see when they come through your town.

The Band Members

Chad Mason (Guitars, Lead Vocals), Richard Boucher (Bass, Backing Vocals), and Damian McCullough (Drums)


Black Hell Oil call themselves “Good Old Canadian Loud ass Riff Rock and Roll Injection” and that is a pretty good description of their superb debut EP – Smoke You Up. A hard-rocking 21 minute blast of in your face Stoner Metal riffs that will soon have you rocking out in no time at all.

It may not be the most original of sounds but these guys have a great attitude to their music and it rocks out like the proverbial mother-fucker that it is. Bluesy Stoner Rock riffs played with the speed of a young Motorhead in their prime especially on first tracks Smoke You Up and You're A Machine.

But it's the excellent Rock and Roll ain’t the Same These Days – where the band show their true identity by mixing Blues Rock with a dangerous Stoner Metal edge with some delicious punk rock vibes thrown in for good measure. These Canadians sure do know how to rock the fuck out.

These guys inject some legendary Desert Stoner Rock riffs into their music when the fourth track – In My Way – comes round. It's probably the albums finest track as it gets straight down to business of throwing some blazing riffs your way. And it's a great ride from start to finish.

The last track – Bring It On – feels like Josh Homme fronting Motorhead as it's feels like a twisted insane marriage between Motorhead and QOTSA. Well that's the vibe that I get from listening to it and it shows Black Hell Oil are having a hell of a time laying down some epic riffs for you to rock out to.

This is an excellent EP. I just hope for the band's next release they may bring some of their own identity as seen on Rock and Roll ain’t the Same These Days. Other than that this is a great release that showcases another superb band from our Canadian friends.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to the band for sending me a promo to review. You can buy Smoke You Up from BandCamp now.

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Written by Steve Howe