Now, there has been a decent number of bands and artists that have reached out to me since the website’s inception in February. This has to be one of the coolest bands I digitally laid my hands on since then in the sense its not another kiler tech death band. The northwest Trio stoner metal band draws heavy influence from music since JFK was alive and in office. I premiered the title track from this album not too long ago, and my crazy ass quote from that article still stands true…. “It’s kinda like Mastodon, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd and Clutch got drunk and had a child. But, it was not a mistake! This is a gritty, melodic band with relentless riffs and killer rhythms that make you want more. John’s guitar playing is very eclectic….all kinds of mood changes and great guitar leads that should make you wear your seat belt while driving.”
The band has had a grunge rock past, but on Voidwalker injected a lot of cojones. It’s a lot more heavier than their past work, and includes a lot of experimentation ad psychedelic elements. For an independent release, it’s pretty damn impressive. And, it’s better than the pop metal and rock (Nickelcrap, Five finger cunt punch, Nothing That Remains) that constantly has been shoved down our throats to no end.
What I love about the Jollymon folks is their lack of repetition. There’s a lot of classic rock and prog rock influences respecting the past of music…..and a lot of newer elements and rhythms of the aforementioned bands (Mastodon, Clutch and even a bit of High On Fire and the legendary Primus) have made popular. Voidwalker takes you through the fucking sludge and throws more mud at you when you come back up gasping for air. It’s a serious headbanger and fresh of breath air in the metal and rock worlds. They have that slight unusual sound certain people like Les Claypool have accomplished over music’s extremely long existence. Voidwalker is slated to be released June 8th.
If you need further convincing, here’s the album stream to check out.
Grab the album right here. This band was quite an awesome surprise for me, and hope they are for the rest of the world.