JOHN GARCIA - JOHN GARCIA (Napalm Records)
Mister Garcia is a well-known name in the Stoner rock scene. Stoner rock is bombastic, with some Doom or Psychedelic elements, sounding very old school. Most promising example is KYUSS, where John Garcia marked his style with. He is a very talented musician and deserves to bring out a solo album to acquire complete creativity.
This music is far from metal. It's closer to a mixture of Hard Rock, Doom, Psychedelic, Classic Rock and so on. Bands playing Stoner or, as Garcia calls it, Desert Rock, are gaining more popularity everywhere. People admire the catchiness and old school sounding sound. Me, being not a metal elitist, can only agree on this matter.
The songs are raw and pure. Strangely said, the sound reminds me of 90's grunge bands. John Garcia’s voice fits the music perfectly. This album would do well in your car or at an alcoholic party at home. It isn't complex at all. It's just pure music that will be loved by people who like raw guitars, straight forward vocals and a feeling called freedom.
Another notable addition on this album is legendary musician Robby Krieger from The Doors who plays the guitar on Her Bullets Energy. Respect for joining in on this album! The Doors is one of my all time favorite bands, so this fact is a big surprise to me.
Conclusion: Great album for the non-metal purist. Enjoyable music for the longer rides or chill parties close to a bonfire. Hope to hear some of this stuff live once, because I know KYUSS is still brought live under the name "Kyuss Lives!" or more recently as "Vista Chino" after a complaint by Josh Homme.
My Points: 78 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish