Colour Haze
Sacred


3.7
great

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
September 21st, 2022 | 13 replies


Release Date: 09/14/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Colour Haze rocks again.

Colour Haze have cocooned themselves in the past decade, exploring variations of their own music without new external interferences. I understand why, as they have helped define an entire generation of psychedelic stoner rock in Europe. Perhaps uninterested in shifting the current sonic flavors, the band continues nevertheless to offer solid LPs on a regular basis. The downside to this mindset is that they have become a bit hit-and-miss overall. The songs are always cut from the same cloth, only a number of them boasting that spark to stand out from the rest. As expected, Sacred falls into the same category, however, the heavier approach makes things more enticing. Of course, the quartet still enjoys creating lush sound scapes with meandering leads over labyrinthine grooves. This is the also first taste of the record, the lovely instrumental “Turquoise” cruising gently forward until “Goldmine” kicks in with those classic Kyuss-with-a-twang riffs Colour Haze developed so well. “Avatar” continues with straightforward, dance-ready grooves * la Brant Bjork amid contrasting, low key verses. These shorter songs keep things smooth and fun.

Meanwhile, centerpiece “Idiologigi” shares fuzz-drenched guitar leads over tight bass and drum interplay, before the harder hitting verses take the wheel. Halfway through the 9-minute epic, the guys break into a hypnotic jam, entering Motorpsycho territory. A round of noisy solos follow, leaving the core instruments to do their thing beneath. It’s a nice detour from the rest of the album, which doesn’t really deviate from the usual path. Usually these longer tunes have prolonged build-ups, but I’m happy Colour Haze preferred to add more riffs instead. Thankfully, the same energy is sustained over the last couple of tracks as well. It is overly familiar territory, yet hearing the band cranking the volume further animates the music. The production is still a tad congested, despite being a part of their trademark sound by now. Even though Sacred is not among their strongest material, it displays a rejuvenated side of the group, a needed feature 14 records into their discography.




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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2022


5786 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Wanted to write something about the album so it won't go unnoticed. This is harder and catchier IMO than Colour Haze have been in some years.



Stream here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpPq9Wpe3lU

Trifolium
September 21st 2022


33155 Comments


Coool! Will check, loved their early 2000s output.

BitterJalapenoJr
September 21st 2022


172 Comments


I haven't heard anything since All in 2008. Will check this soon.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2022


5786 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

I'd say this is the album that grabbed me most since She Said. In Her Garden and We Are had some great tunes, but this is tighter overall.

conesmoke
September 21st 2022


7647 Comments


Nice one, will defs be giving this a shpin or 3

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2022


4230 Comments


Nice, had no idea Colour Haze had new material out!

Zakusz
September 21st 2022


847 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

No idea this was coming out and I check up new releases from several sources each week. Some bad promo I guess, but nonetheless stoked. Going to spin it a little later

ChaoticVortex
September 21st 2022


1362 Comments


Kinda lost track of these guys since In Her Garden, glad to hear this one a throwback style record. Will give it a spin.

Zakusz
September 21st 2022


847 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This band led me to Motorpsycho a few years back so I have an infinite number of thanks to give and they at least deserve a few spins just for that sentiment alone

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2022


5786 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Their PR lately is a bit off or taking the Motorpsycho route. Not much promo, preferring to drop the album directly. CDs I think are gonna be released next month and vinyl in early 2023. Even on Bandcamp there's a low resolution artwork uploaded.





I think this album would have benefitted from a more powerful production, like they had in the early 00s (CO2 for example). Now it's a bit too compressed IMO.

arf
September 21st 2022


444 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I listened to this at work today; imo there were a few stumbles at the beginning but the last two tracks are damn good.

osmark86
September 22nd 2022


11180 Comments


ah yeah, new from Colour Haze is bound to be a solid listen.

SharkTooth
September 22nd 2022


14795 Comments


ooh new colour haze



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