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- Skull Worship by The Warlocks
8/10 Nathon Staff review, 26 November 2013
Continuing the return to form of the past few releases since the abysmal 'Surgery', Bobby Hecksher's Warlocks deliver their doomy stoner psyche with panache here.
'Skull Worship' opens with the blistering and urgent 'Dead Generation', before slowing things down nicely with the sludgey 'Chameleon'. The Warlocks have always been fairly dark, but any semblance of the jauntier 'devil may care' attitude that shone through their debut all those years ago seems to have completely disappeared with age. The mood doesn't lighten even when the acoustic guitars are broken out on 'Sliver & Plastic', and that's how the album continues.
Whereas once he sang tales of West Coast dope fiendery with a twang, Bobby's vocals sound thoroughly beaten-in and plaintive now. It's kinda mesmerising, and with the familiar backdrop of feedback-drenched guitars and pounding monotonous drums you feel like this is an album all about someone who has been to bad places in his mind.
It's a good album, and may even grow into a great one after a few more listens. I'd kinda given up on The Warlocks, so this is a very nice surprise indeed.
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