Thursday 1 May 2014

Sativa Root - S/T - EP Review

EP cover art

Album TypeEP
Date Released: 13th April 2014
Label: Self Released

Sativa Root S/T track listing:

1.El Topo 07:57
2.Black Mass Mountain 11:37
3.World Lament 11:22
4.I'm the Sun 05:57
5.Red Desert 07:53


Whereas the hot summer of 2011 drew nearly everyone to the local beach or bar, snipping colourful cocktails, four dudes spent their leisure time at an old dirty practice room, drinking beer and trying to figure out what the heart of every band is; riffs, riffs and yes, even more riffs. Not restricting themselves to any kind of genre, they shamlessly draw influences from your mum‘s lovely hippie bands of the 70s, to classic desert-driven Stoner-Rock, over to deep doom and fuzzy Sludge Riffs. Sativa Root play instrumental music, covering the full range between heavy discordant parts and soft melodic passages.

That's it...

We shared the stage with bands like: Kylesa, Red Fang, Planet of Zeus, Weedeater, Black Tusk, Naam, Underdogs, The Black Rainbows and others

The Band Members

Stonerhead - Lead Guitar (since 2011)
Romantic Man - Guitar (since 2011)
Bam Bam - Drums (since 2012)
Fant - Bass (2013)


Sativa Root is an instrumental Doom/Stoner Metal band with elements of Psychedelic Rock thrown in for good measure. You’re probably thinking not another Instrumental Doom/Stoner Metal Band. Does the world need another band like this? Well on this evidence. Yeah we actually do need Sativa Root in the realm of Doom/Stoner Metal as they guys are seriously good.

It also helps they have a well-known blogging colleague of mine by the name of Stonerhead in their ranks as lead guitarist. Stonerhead runs the excellent blog – Stonerhead Let Groove Your Brains Tonight. Sativa Root is his other passion and what a band it is. They have just released their debut S/T EP. A collection of songs that you may of heard of before if you’re already a fan of this band. But it’s cool to hear all of the Sativa Root material all on one action packed EP that will have you rocking out in no time at all.

The low-down of this EP its 44 minutes of bass heavy psychedelic doom/stoner metal riffs that packs an almighty punch. If you’re a fan of Karma to Burn, Earthless and Sardonis then you seriously need to check this out now. Sativa Root do bring their own style to the party as they are a lot more psychedelic compared to other instrumental stoner metal bands and it works in their favour.

The EP’s standout tracks are Black Mass Mountain and World Lament as it shows what Sativa Root are all about. Long, epic and hazy dreamlike riffs that take you to another world before the band unleash the heaviness of their music onto an unsuspecting listener. Both of these tracks run past the 11-minute mark and I am huge fan of epic songs, as I want to be entertained and challenged at the same time. These tracks have many different levels to them and I applaud the band for writing some truly epic riffs that will have you coming back for more.

Plus any band that includes a soundclip from the world’s most legendary martial artist – Bruce Lee – as an opening to their track has to be checked out. All am saying.

Sativa Root’s debut EP is an excellent release, which bodes well for their debut album that will be released sometime in 2015. Until then this EP will do for now before Sativa Root unleash their magic onto an unsuspecting world and I for one will be waiting with excitement.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

You can buy Sativa Root S/T EP from BandCamp now.

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Written by Steve Howe