This was my first time encountering Planet Of The 8s and blimey, I was blown away. With riffs definitely suited to Stoner Metal acts like Sleep and Iron Monkey, it’s the vocals that really define their genre, with them leaning much more towards the whole desert rock movement.
‘20 and 20 is 40’ delivers powerful down-tuned riffs with a huge stadium rock chorus. Elements of its riffs really remind me of early Queens Of The Stone Age, as do its reverb orientated vocals in the bridge. ‘Christopher Walken In The Jungle With the Fkn Animals’ delivers a much heavier sound which would be perfect to see live with its bass so down-tuned you can hear the rattle.
‘You You You’ is a much more melodic number with it sounding much more psychedelic, very open at times and subtle which just make it so much heavier when it kicks in. ‘Visions & Runaways S02E07′ rounds up the album with a slow-burning distorted opening which leads into the eight-minute epic.
If you’re a fan of stoner/doom/sludge rock, this is definitely an album for you to check out. It’s not necessarily anything new, but it’s done fucking well.
Reviewed by Alex Callan