|Valis - 'Dark Matter' (Small Stone Records)|
|Written by Nev Brooks|
|Thursday, 09 September 2010 05:00|
Listening to the opening track of 'Dark Matter' from Valis and you are hit instantly by the 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' stripped down, slowed down vibe, and then Ozzy kicks in with the vocals (sorry it wasn't Ozzy, it was Van Conner) but the feel is so Sabbath.
That was 'Resurrection Sickness' - good opening. 'Blood On Blood' slows it down, more Masters Of Reality, before 'Under Satan's Will' - again slow and mellow and then back to 'Hole In The Sky/Symptom Of The Universe' and Ozzy's back (not really!!). Again, this could be Sabbath but no, it's 'Grapevine Earthquake'.
There are times when this album threatens to break out and has quite a commercial/crossover appeal, as in 'Down Like Rain' - a cracking stoner ballad, but holds enough integrity not to go there. 'Hands Of Grace' has a cool Chili Peppers type groove to it. But what does this ultimately leave us with? At least a four star album. It'll appeal across the board but doesn't give me anything new; I think the Giant Brain has fried my nerve endings!
Buy it, enjoy it (you will). I'm off to curl up in a corner until the next Small Stone delivery!!!!