One of those bands whose name is all you really need to know, Weedeater make grand, morbid and crushingly slow sludge/stoner metal. Steve Albini producing means feedback has never sounded this good and the poetic lyrics debating existence, death, desperation and getting high, sound fantastic. Reissued on vinyl by Season of Mist.
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I still don’t really understand why stoner metal isn’t a totally chill genre, all things considered, and Weedeater aren’t doing much to set me straight: they seem to be the cruellest fuckers on the world, though their sense of humour and self-awareness about their style is commendable, having once made an album called ‘And Justice for Y’all’. If getting high lends ye mortals the power to roll out riffs with this tectonic, plate-shifting energy, though, then I’ll let it be: ‘God Luck and Good Speed’ is crushingly awesome.
With the image of Weedeater chewing weed like a Texan sheriff would tobacco, ‘God Luck’ feels sly and suspenseful, striking out with slow-as-shit drum propulsions, low-end amp evil and riffs that are on the sillier side -- they fall in the Sleep and Om spectrum rather than in Thou/the Body territory. It’s immensely fun, of course, because it’s a bunch of friends showing off to each other: the solos that are designed to be demonstrative and blissed out, as they are on “For Evan’s Sake”, which seemingly is the first doom song to refer to Steve Carell . The riffs are giddily circular, only ever curling into new ones that garner the same hypnotic prowess. As for the vocals, they could be anything: they’re merely additive, where the guitars mark choruses and make the music go pop.
Fans of slow pranksters like Harvey Milk will find Weedeater nothing short of a doomsday treat, a band able to upend conventional stoner tricks with a sense of humour that doesn’t detract from the heaviness, but does keep it interesting enough for those water cooler chats with your fellow dopesmoker associates. Laurie loves it, so this is certified platinum stoner (metal).
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