Chuck Schuldiner Project

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Bask - III

Ever stumble across a record that is such a monster you don't even know what to do with it? This becomes even more crazy when it's a band who slept on your floor just a few years ago. Such is the case with Bask, a masterful band emerging from the mountains of North Carolina and going right for the throat unapologetically. This is a band who fuse stoner rock with heavy Americana making for a truly unique sound and approach. This is a transcendent offering, a record that continually impresses and sees the band taking on a whole new level.

It's fascinating when you find a band who don't so much smash two sounds together but instead figure out a way to properly weave them. It's what makes Bask compelling, they are more than just a stoner rock band trying to differentiate themselves. The tasty licks on a track like Noble Daughters II, The Bow speak to that. We see the band perfectly balancing their heaviest and darkest elements with something a little more traditional. It's a stoner rock band who could legitimately break out because they were able to make a sound that is wholly their own and completely fascinating the more you dig into them.

In some ways the coming of age that has happened on the record for the band is similar to acts like Mastodon or Baroness. The band has evolved beyond their sludgy roots to show that they have the know how and wherewithal to deliver something unique and fascinating. This is a band who build upon old tropes to deliver something transcendent. It's hard not to get lost in the beauty of III. The more time I spend with it the more fascinated I become. This is another step forward for the Carolina boys and another great release for Season of Mist.

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