The Hazytones “The Hazytones II: Monarchs of Oblivion” Album Review

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The Hazytones are a band that should be on everyone’s radar. They offer a dark, gritty blend of notes and riffs that satisfy numerous portions of the musical pallet. Moreover, they are talented, young stoner rock band with a bright future.

Their sophomore record, The Hazytones II: Monarchs of Oblivion a solid follow up to their self titled debut. Monarchs of Oblivion is slower than their first album, and this is a good thing. This gives way to tracks that are riddled with a funky rhythm that the band should embrace. Not only does it offer their band a more unique sound, but it works well with the blend of elements they employ. This dark, groovy vibe carries through out the entire album, tying the songs together well.

Opinion

Monarchs of Oblivion is a great album. As mentioned, this band quenches multiple urges at once. The Hazytones have a dark, gritty sound that soothes the musical appetite I’ve developed by listening to bands like Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin. While The Hazytones are very different than both of this groups, but their sound is similar at its core.

On the other hand, The Hazytones’ music carries a certain funk that is infectious. It isn’t quite groovy (though it is very close) but it certainly has a distinct rhythm that I find very alluring. Naturally, this stems from the “stoner” part of their genre label. Their riffs aren’t quick and loaded with endless notes, rather they are plotted out, smooth and glaze with a confident, though lazy, sheen. I tend to think of them as being loopy, as if the guitar were telling a store in cursive. The notes are connected and sown together.

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Songs Worth Investigating

“Monarchs of Oblivion part 2” contains a brilliant instrumental section that stretches for nearly half the song. In this part, the guitar players show off their talents as they shred through countless riffs.

“The Hand That Feeds” is heavy on the riffs and groove. Compared to the first few tracks on the record, this one flies by as the guitarists dance a thick, sleazy rhythm. I feel the repetition of these riffs seduce the listener and pull them closer to magic hidden in between the lyrics and instruments.

Conclusion

The album is littered with catchy solos, gritty riffs based in a grimy and post-grunge sound and glazed with a lazy, funky time signature of stoner rock. The Hazytones II: Monarchs of Oblivion is a must listen to for fans of stoner rock. If you enjoy bands that mix genres, both of The Hazytones’ records would make an excellent addition to your collection.

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