I really like desert rock and stoner rock and metal bands. I feel so amped when I’m on a long drive and I throw on Dopesmoker or Welcome to Sky Valley or Lullabies to Paralyze. This type of music is so heavy without feeling forced. It’s psychedelic music at it’s finest, if you ask me, but that’s just my opinion. It might change tomorrow, but it probably won’t.
One release from that scene that is practically legendary is the mid ’80s band Across the River. Eventually members of this group would join Kyuss. To my knowledge, they only ever released a demo. Needless to say, it’s tricky to get a hold of.
Other than that you find random, low quality audio clips of live performances and whatnot on the net here and there, but until earlier this year, the demo was not widely available.
Thanks to Scott Reeder, the lefty bassist of Across the River, Kyuss, The Obsessed, and Unida, the full demo is up on YouTube for your listening pleasure, dear reader. Might I say it sounds beyond amazing? Get some big ass speakers plugged into your computer and get your neighbors boogie-ing.
This is some dense, heavy blues rock. It makes me think of slowly cooling lava, flowing down an unexpectant hillside of flowers. They are caught in the staunch heatwave for a moment before being totally consumed in the infernal passion of a natural force.
Check out this very interesting blend of Black Flag inspired punk and Led Zeppelin reminiscent rock. It’s certainly worth fifty minutes of your time.
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