There seems to be an unusually large amount of bands showing up with that retro 70’s-inspired psychedelic rock sound. I’m not necessarily saying that’s a bad thing, but it makes it more difficult to discover the bands that aren’t only good, but have that something special about them. Keeping that in mind, I absorbed all the music I could until I came across German newcomers Limestone Whale. This year, the classic doom and stoner rock three-piece came out with their debut, a self-titled EP that taps the best of the 70’s, while playing to amaze with a flavor all of their own—evident in the way these four tracks flow consistently, one into the other.
The first song, “The Wizard” is probably my favorite from the EP, with an old-school psychedelic rock theme that is coated in blues. Clement Hoffer has a powerful voice that demands attention. At almost six and a half minutes, this song captures the heart and soul of Limestone Whale –catchy riffs with plenty of groove, driven by a strong emotional undercurrent.
The next two songs, “Magic Water” and “White Flat,” get progressively darker. Guitarist Ryan Kiss serves up one fat doom riff after another, with the support of Hoffer, who also plays bass, and Marco Simmich on drums. The record ends with “Acid Entrance,” which is obviously heavier on the psychedelic side—an instrumental track with some “wowing” pedal effects—making it the perfect to seal the deal on this EP. I like the way one fan review puts it: “It’s like Sabbath took peyote and got lost in the desert with Kyuss” (Harry Harrison).
I found myself listening to Limestone Whale’s debut several times in a row. At just under 25 minutes, the EP makes for a nice one-sit listen…but for me it is only a tease. Sometimes Limestone Whale sound a bit like a jam band, which could be good or bad depending on personal tastes, but regardless this is a high quality release from a brand new band that I’m very excited about and have great anticipation for their future. I highly recommend it to fans of bright, melodic rock bands like Kadavar.