Sound — 10
At the same time as the great grunge boom of the early 90's was in progress, there was another great sound coming from out west. Developed from detuned guitars played through bass amps and holding parties in the California deserts underneith the stars while the guitar and bass amps were powered by generators! This was the much fabled Palm Desert Scene. Though no band from this particular region ever really had much mainstream success, many of them had a great cult following and even evolved into acts that became bigger than they would've imagined. This CD, probably the best and certainly most influential album to come out of this scene, was concieved by the mighty Kyuss, one of the heaviest bands there. This album is a nice rush from the opening guitar line of Thumb to the last word spoken on the album, Yeah! The guitars are very smooth, simple, and most certainly, very very heavy. Josh Homme is the guitar player who later went on to have very nice critical acclaim with his next and current band, Queens of the Stone Age. The drums, nothing to say really, except that they're very powerful and commanding. Bront Bjork, the drummer, certainley had a nice control of the rythum section along with Nick Oliveri aqnd his distorted and pounding bass lines and solos. And finally there's John Garcia, the vocalist who was either drunk or stoned while performing. Despite this, he has a nice, raspy voice that fit's the genre and album perfectly. With this sort of Palm Desert All-Star lineup, Kyuss showed the rest of the country and even a little bit of mainstream crowd just what stoner metal and powerful music is all about, which to most, hasn't been seen since Zeppelin or Sabbath ruled the rock and roll world.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are like the music behind them, pretty simple. They go together just perfectly. Garcia's and Homme's lyrics deal with everything frombeing burned with lighters, insanity, and of course, drugs and sex. All of these themes coupled with a drunken and stoned man's voice really just go well and just makes you want to listen.
Overall Impression — 10
In comparison with some of the other stoner bands from the period, such as Fu Man Chu and Sleep, I would have to say that Kyuss just rose above everybody in terms of guitars, lyrics, and accessability. Everything just clicks well together and it just dosent stop. Some key songs are the opener, Thumb, the single, Green Machine, Thong Song, the quick instrumental song, Caterpillar March, Capsized, Allen's Wrench, and of course, Mondo Generator. All of the songs are great though. I just love how heavy everything is. It kinda gives you a feel for where they came from. A heavy and stoned place. If someone stole this from me, I would definatley buy it again. It's most certainley worth every single penny.