Roachpowder
Viejo Diablo


4.5
superb

Review

by SteelErectedb4you8er USER (12 Reviews)
January 8th, 2010 | 11 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sweden's answer to their own version of Down with even more fuzz.

Roachpowder formed in 1995 in Stockholm, Sweden. Unfortunately, the band only lasted two albums, and this album being their debut album sadly went unnoticed amongst the crowds. The line up consists of Francesco Rencoret on vocals, George Bravo on guitars, Linus on bass, and Federic De Corta on drums.

For a little back story, I stumbled across this band in 2000, when a friend of mine who was heavily into stoner rock handed me this disc saying that I needed to check this out. At the time, I only knew of Down and this opened a whole new door for me into a genre of music that I wished I found many years earlier. Needless to say, this album is a great stepping stone into the realm of stoner rock. However, in interviews, the band did not like being stuck into the genre of stoner rock, they considered their music more space rock.

"Get Out of My Way" starts Viejo Diablo out with a sound that some of you are familiar with, the southern sounding guitars that you would find in Down - NOLA. Now, don't let that discourage you as a rip off band because this band definitely has their own flavor. The guitars are definitely extremely fuzzy, the riffs are groovy, and the drums just make it flow in a perfect stoner sound. "Galactic Blues" kicks in with clean guitars with a tremolo effect, the cowbell, yes, the cowbell kicking the steady groove makes this for a steady journey into space until the fuzz guitar kicks in, and the song just hits you in the face when the chorus kicks in. The title track, "Viejo Diablo," is the standout track on the album. Now, these guys are from Sweden, but you wouldn't even know it unless you looked it up because this song starts off with a harmonica playing a straight up delta blues line. And then the guitar riff takes over playing the riff from the harmonica, and it turns into a full on rock assault.

Since I generally don't like to give a track by track review, I just would like to give you an idea of what to expect when coming into this album. If you like great riffs, fuzz guitars, and just like to groove, give this album a listen. Whether you smoke weed to rock, like stoner rock, or just like to rock out, give this album a listen. I recommend this album to new comers or veterans of the stoner rock genre looking for something that rocks. Disclaimer: if you are looking for meaningful lyrics, you won't find them here. This is rock n roll, it is all about the riff.

Standout tracks include: "Get Out of My Way," "Galactic Blues," "Viejo Diablo," Black Stone," Cosmic Emperor," and "New Orleans."



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scotish
January 8th 2010


836 Comments


review was pretty meh. you said just, kicks in and steady too much in too short a space. other than that, pretty uninspiring, even if you did sort of stay clear of doing it purely track-by-track.

SteelErectedb4you8er
January 8th 2010


2620 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, I don't know, I love this album, but I guess I didn't put too much into the review. I'll probably end up re-writing it. I just haven't been in review mode to write something. but I wanted to do this album.

SteelErectedb4you8er
January 8th 2010


2620 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Also, I am not a person that likes to over elaborate on material or paint pictures for everything. I just love to give the straight facts and why the songs are good, and tell you what tracks you need to check out. But to each their own.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
January 9th 2010


8574 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well, I agree with scotish that as far as descriptions go, this review isn't the best possible, BUT, it did make me want to give the album a go, and that's gotta count for something, so I'll pos for the effort

SteelErectedb4you8er
January 9th 2010


2620 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks dude, yeah, I admit that my review for this isn't that good, which is unfortunate because I love this album, but you know, I haven't been in writing mode, but I feel that people should listen to this album.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
January 9th 2010


8574 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

exactly, and I feel that this little write-up should prompt people to check this out. I'm not going to listen to this today (not entirely sober, and awfully tired haha), but I am going to get it and hopefully listen to it tomorrow (i have a research going on, thanks to which I haven't been able to check out much new music).

SteelErectedb4you8er
January 9th 2010


2620 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Cool man, I know how all that shit goes with a busy life and all. It is a good listen if you are in the mood for something that rocks and good riffage. if you smoke weed, it is a good album for that too, as I said above.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
January 9th 2010


8574 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well, I smoke weed like 3-4 times a year approximately, so it's hard to believe i shall do it in the near future considering that I have smoked it already a whole 2 times this year hahahah. Still, I really love NOLA, so this sounds very good to me

greg84
Emeritus
June 19th 2010


7636 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is massive. Definitely one of the best southern metal bands. Cool review.

Digging: Sault - Untitled (RIse)

SteelErectedb4you8er
June 19th 2010


2620 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks man. Yeah, I am glad that you like this. It's funny that they aren't even from the South. They are from Sweden, but they very well could be from the NOLA scene.

greg84
Emeritus
June 19th 2010


7636 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely they could. And Sweden generally has some really strong metal scene. These guys, Dozer, In Flames, Messhuggah and Soilwork to name a few.



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