Im placing These Monsters firmly in this grouping. It would be easy to say “Oh wow, they are from
Call Me Dragon is brilliant in the fact that it perfectly showcases what you can still do with stoner rock. The infusion of jazz, the stripping of (or sparse use of) vocals, the gargantuan undercurrent of a rolling rhythm section that concertinas perfectly with the inventive growls and rumblings of killer guitarwork – none of it seems put on; all of it seems incendiary, and indeed necessary. Opening with the title track, These Monsters roll on like a World War Two tank, the battlefield your eardrums as the funkified dirge is completed by reverb heavy and deeply disturbing guttural wails. The tempo remains pretty much the same throughout – yet its to These Monsters’ eternal credit that it doesn’t feel monotonous, old or worn in the slightest. The niche cut here is unique, but far reaching at the same time. There is so much to like – I can hardly fault anything here – I really can’t.
But while I can state that being a fan of bands such as Pelican,