It seems that there hasn’t been a solid heavy rock outfit outta Montreal since Priestess was in its prime. Enter The Hazytones, a stoner power trio that just got picked up by Ripple Music. Their self-titled debut offers 40 minutes of heavy tuneage to burn one to!
“Light of the Day” starts things off with a hazy psychedelic groove, ahead of a tasty retro riff in the Witchcraft vein. It’s a pretty straightforward Swedish-style stomp, with a decidedly distorted vocal. “Fool’s Paradise” is a little more up-tempo, with a vocal that kinda reminds me of Ghost. The heavy breakdowns that kicks in around the 1:15 mark, signals a shift to slower, shimmery psych ahead of a slightly heavier chorus.
Like most bands with the psychedelic space, these guys seem to dabble in the occult. “Free From Your Spell” is a jaunty number that again brings Witchcraft (or even Blood Ceremony) to mind, while “Marked by the Devil” is a slow, haunting tune that contains a couple decent doomy riffs. “Day of the Dead” has a definite Jim Morrison vibe on the verse, although the soaring chorus brings things back toward the present day.
Basically, if you’re a fan of the Swedish occult rock scene, you’ll very likely enjoy this.
The Hazytones: upcoming shows
Dec 01 – Bovine Sex Club – Toronto, ON
Jan 31 – The Merrow – San Diego, CA
Feb 03 – Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
Feb 11 – The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO