Thursday, 13 March 2014

Blondstone - Mass Solace - Album Review

All My Flaws (Promo edit - 2014) cover art

Album Type:Album
Date Released: April 8th 2014
Label: Self Released

Mass Solace track listing:

01. Mass Solace
02. Bursting Shell
03. Shoot Shoot Shoot
04. Oulala
05. On Your Own
06. Rare & Strong
07. Lazy
08. All My Flaws
09. Daze Me
10. Shoulder To Cry On
11. Hard To Remove


Blondstone, the philosopher's stone of "rock"...

Blondstone, a trio from Nancy, take us back to where rock left off in 90's. The band capture and surprise with their infectious, groovy mix of stoner rock and fiery grunge overtones. They draw you into slow and oppressive atmospheres where muted rage slowly builds up to powerful explosions. Blondstone’s force makes you feel, with a sense of urgency, that rock isn’t just music, it’s also a state of mind.

Their sparkle may well catch on...

The Band Members

Alex Astier (guitar/vocal)
Nicolas Boujot (bass)
Pierre Barrier (Drums)


Blondstone finally unleash their eagerly awaited debut album – Mass Solace. This French Grunge/Fuzz/Stoner Rock collective pack a lot of groove on their debut offering and it is a refreshing style of noises and atmospherics that will entertain the heck out of you from start to finish.

Mass Solace is heavy fuzz arena of Grunge and Stoner Rock combining for one delicious wall of noise. First track – Mass Solace – is the perfect introduction to the band at it shows what these guys are all about. Stoner Rock, Desert Rock and Grunge all playing an equal part all held together by the power of the fuzz. Lead vocalist Alex is on fire showing that he is serious from the start.

Blondstone feel like a band from the legendary Desert Rock scene in California and not from France. As Blondstone bring back early memories of riffs that used to rule supreme in the 90s. If you want high voltage Stoner Rock with the added groove of Grunge, Desert Rock and Fuzz then Blondstone are the album for you. Mass Solace is the perfect Stoner Rock album for the summer as it has 10 delicious tracks for you to devour in the hot warm sun.

Tracks such as – Shoot Shoot Shoot, Oulala, On Your Own and Lazy – show the band know how to write great riffs with dangerous lyrics to match and it makes for one wild ride. The song-writing and instrumental work is first rate through out. However, Blondstone do add elements of darkness into their music and it is on these more darker parts where the band show what a dangerous unit they can actually be. Possibly the grunge vibe kicking in but it is still a great choice to do something different in the realm of Stoner Rock.

I have been listening to this album non-stop for the last couple of weeks or so and believe me when I say that Blondstone are the real deal. They know how to write a great Stoner Rock track to rock out to either by yourself or with a group of friends. It is another great example why the French Stoner Metal scene is thriving and it is thanks to bands such as Blondstone doing something different with their music.

This album has it all – Great tracks, Tons of epic riffs for you to lose yourself in and it signals the arrival of a band with a very bright future indeed. You would not think from the slightly demonic album cover that this is a Stoner Rock album. But appearances can be deceiving as it highlights once again that there is something different about Blondstone. Their music has a slight dark undertone beneath the fuzz/desert rock drenched riffs.

Mass Solace is a spellbinding debut album and one that will find a huge audience within the Stoner Rock scene.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Nico for sending me a copy to review. Mass Solace is out to buy from April 8th 2014.

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Written by Steve Howe