RUSHONROCK RATED: 9/10 Chasing Rainbows

Rainbows Are Free – Waves Ahead Of The Ocean (Guestroom Records)

Genre: Heavy Metal/Stoner Rock

If the title of epic opener Speed God And The Rise Of The Motherfuckers From A Place Beyond Hell doesn’t readily roll of the tongue then its bone-crunching riffs, doom-laden vocals and stoner-tinged groove will rumble around your head for weeks.

It’s a stunning scene setter for a record that may be retro heavy (check the references to 1999 and 1983 in back-to-back tracks) but slots seamlessly into a revivalist scene fronted by The Sword and High On Fire. In fact fans of both genre leaders will love everything about Rainbows Are Free.

If it doesn’t cost a penny to enjoy a kaleidoscope of colour then there is a price to pay for those brave enough to tackle Waves Ahead Of The Ocean. Prepare to be mentally bludgeoned by a punishing combination of fuzzed-up ferocity and spaced out lyrics that never let up.

Lighter moments – or the less heavy bits – allow frontman Brandon Kistler to demonstrate there’s more to his foreboding tone than the full-on brooding that’s prevalent on the majority of this darkly endearing record. But Rainbows Are Free are all about the heaviness and that’s where this monster metal unit excel. Simon Rushworth

RUSHONROCK RATED: 9/10 Chasing Rainbows

 

Simon Rushworth