Bong
Stoner Rock


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (194 Reviews)
February 5th, 2014 | 139 replies | 8,988 views


Release Date: 01/25/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not what you expect…

Hailing from the UK, droning doomsters Bong have been noted for a continual wave of oppressive tonal heaviness. It’s weird that a band so obviously branded in the drone/doom genre would create an album aptly titled, Stoner Rock. For Bong, there’s an inside joke when members of the online community describe which genre tags represent their music and rather than objectifying and resenting a particular tag, these UK drone fanatics created a record on what they perceive Bong’s stoner rock sound is. Understandably, new listeners will not see the connection between the album’s title and the two tracks of stimulating funeral doom inspired drone that swells, coils, ebbs and overwhelms the record’s listeners, but if Bong were to do things in a conventional setting, Stoner Rock would have none of the immediate impact.

Bong’s Statement: “It is a tongue-in-cheek dig at our usual classification as stoner rock and what the term has come to represent. The idea is to create our own definition of ‘stoner rock’ by creating an album so utterly stoned and repetitive to be a million miles away from the usual definition.”

…they continue…

”Those who know Bong already will get both the humour and the philosophical redefinition… those who don’t know us will either get it when they listen or will never understand BONG at all.”

With an average track running time of thirty-six minutes, it’s fair to say that patience is required to get through the album’s seventy-two minute display of murky atmospherics and near endless drones. Bong expect you to suffer, with soundscapes so drawn out the listener must simply follow the rabbit hole, down, down and down, even if they’re uncertain of whether a beam of light will be found on the other side. For those new to the band’s music, Stoner Rock is a perfect display of the group’s outreaching atmospherics, with a taste of dementia. It’s primal, but recorded in pristine conditions, letting every chord wobble through your speakers. Granted that music found within the drone genre may not be everybody’s first choice for an excellent listing experience, but once absorbed into the tumultuous tidings, tracks like ‘Out Of The Aeons’ come easier and easier. Don’t worry so much on what you’re listening to, just listen.

Despite releasing an album consecutively for the last four years (the last being Idle Days On The Yann), the band hasn’t really seen a decrease in quality or effectiveness of the atmospherics that deeply lace their music. Stoner Rock is longer, less contrasting and sounds more accessible than earlier releases. Put simply, Bong are not releasing re-hashed material, giving their 2014 record its own form, its own distinct droning sound. Overall, the group’s 2014 release is a galvanising listing affair that twists and turns throughout its own monstrous body. With small amount of lyrical intervention, Stoner Rock identifies with the listeners’ sub-conscious, and best manifests itself within the walls of the human mind. Forget what the band’s inside joke is with genre classification and let Bong take a mesmeric stroll inside your psyche.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2014



6734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty sure that date is wrong, should be: 25th January 2014, according to the label.

Funeralopolis
February 4th 2014



10443 Comments


Nice Mana-Yood-Sushai is a sweet album will have to check.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2014



6734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Idle Days On The Yann was cosmically solid too

MeatSalad
February 4th 2014



13382 Comments


most unoriginal band/album name i've ever seen, damn

SharkTooth
February 4th 2014



1602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is this what I have been looking for?
A stoner rock album that sounds like its artists were stoned out of their minds? AWESOME!!
Now to find some post rock/soft rock that actually rocks

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2014



17336 Comments


will listen cause their logo is cool and they seem like self important pretentious assholes and thats an attitude i can get behind

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SharkTooth
February 4th 2014



1602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

they seem like self important pretentious assholes

No, they seem like self important pretentious assholes with a twist, they actually possess a sense of HUMOR!

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2014



6734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol, not sure if that's a good or bad reason to be checking things out but if it works for you d/


It's like a more accessible Sunn O)))

Solbrave
February 4th 2014



120 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

SO glad this got a review.

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Solbrave
February 4th 2014



120 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Also band name reeks of:

"Hey dude...uh...what should we call our band?"
*looks at bong*
*waits between seven and fifteen minutes*
"How about...bong?"

SharkTooth
February 4th 2014



1602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^^^ and thus their fantastic journey began
(I want to listen to this so much now)

MeatSalad
February 4th 2014



13382 Comments


i bet there's a stoner rock band called weed somewhere

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2014



6734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hopefully a few people on here will dig this.

Jamdbz
February 4th 2014



69 Comments


Hm this piques my interest.. any suggestions as to where I should start with these guys?

Relinquished
February 4th 2014



22350 Comments


great album

Solbrave
February 4th 2014



120 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Mana-Yood-Sushai is a good starting point

MeatSalad
February 4th 2014



13382 Comments


beng

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2014



6734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bong

Space Bong

m/


So great that someone sees!

decoyoctopus
February 4th 2014



90 Comments


Where can one go to get this album? Do they have a bandcamp?

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2014



6734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.ritualproductions.net/rites/bong-stoner-rock-cd/



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