Lo Pan‘s newest Colossus is sweet relief for the ears, opening with all the swagger they can muster via hard rocker “Regulus” and never looking back.
This record had my favorite cover art of the year as well (until I saw the new Krokodil art, which is just insane). But the bold image of 4 horses sort of looking like part of a bleeding skull peyote bud really grabbed me as awesome and matches the soulful and well constructed but searching grooves herein. Spare and real production about PERFORMANCE but nonetheless pretty high quality (though not as much of a glossy sheen as recent excellent Fireball Ministry that seemed to aim for a solo Ozzy kind of vibe, for example). Lo-Pan have indeed made a Colossus of ” an LP with time of our lives” melodies and songs like “Land Of The Blind” that possess enough desert and mental spark to please fans of everything from Floor to Tool to Vista Chino.
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This album is named after the Colossus of Rhodes - a ninety-six-foot statue of the Greek titan-god of the sun, Helios, constructed in 280 BC to mark a failed siege and the indomitable nature of the Greek city of Rhodes itself – so it has lofty ambitions. Still, Lo-Pan manage to achieve those heights and look down to survey the hordes below with tight drum arrangements, salty guitar licks to please classic and stoner rock fans and a burning conviction. “Eastern Seas” opens with a proficient extended drum roll and then the band launch you full tilt into a careening and sea-sick riff that fans of quasi-emotive but lurching heavy rock songs like Down’s “Beneath The Tides” will dig big time. Andrew Schneider (Cave In, East Of The Wall) is one of the coolest people to make a record with and the pairing of his techniques with Lo-Pan is a major win for rock n roll. Melodic vocals and fuzz riffs fill the room and you’d never know some people think metal needs to be all cookie gargles cuz you are way too busy headbanging your brains into the spiraling smoke of sun energy and ascending headbanger conciousness of finale “The Duke”.
Definitely spiritual warriors (I just watched Jodorowksy’s Dune) and riff gurus of the highest order.