Chuck Schuldiner Project

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Switchblade Jesus - S/T

One of the things that I feel a lot of the modern stoner rock scene is missing is a sense of grandeur. Black Sabbath for example never lost sight of how epic their music really was. It's something that I feel got adopted to doom but that stoners kinda of forgot in a puff of smoke. Switchblade Jesus manage to bring in some of this distinct power though using a stunning classically tinged intro track to mesmerize the listener before beating them across the head with a crushing dose of balls out rock and roll.

The way that Switchblade Jesus take the sound of a band like Clutch and invigorate it with a kind of NWOBHM-esque sense of majesty is wholly remarkable. It proves that the band are turned onto something special and more powerful. There is something profoundly exciting about the first wide open gritty vocal lines that kick off the first real track, Bastard Son. When the initial 'big riff' hits it becomes impossible to deny the power Switchblade Jesus have. Their sound is mesmerizing and wonderfully constructed, it has a clear progression that leads to fascinating individual songs, but also a rather cohesive album.

It's easy to get lost in the grooves of Switchblade Jesus, and that's what makes this band so valuable to me. These guys want you to find yourself wandering around their rather simple soundworld. Yet, despite using relatively few musical elements they have still managed to hone something wholly fascinating. Switchblade Jesus are the kind of rock and roll nightmare that keeps children awake at night, wondering when they can sneak down to the record player and let some more of the devils music wash over there eays and slowly drag them to hell.

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