Sandrider: Godhead

A ruckus at the doors of perception

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People may not walk into shops and buy a record purely because of the artwork like they did in the good old days, but if they did, the bastard offspring of Cthulhu and Sasquatch that sits on the cover of Godhead (illustrated by bassist Jesse Roberts, no less) would certainly get some looks.

Why Sandrider chose to start kick off their second album with the exact rhythm of We Will Rock You remains a mystery, but by the time the crunchy thunderiffs and greasy bass slides come in, we couldn’t give a flying fuck.

What instantly separates this Seattle-based power trio from the stagnant pool of Kyuss clones we call the stoner rock scene is that they’ve put down the bongs and started trying to invent their own drug. Which, by the sounds of it, is like a mouthful of Quaaludes and as much speed as you can have in your system without dying.

Lead single Gorgon is like hearing Cancer Bats and Kvelertak tag-team Red Fang and The Sword in a cage fight, while the title track could easily be a lost recording of Kylesa adding their own touches to a Nirvana B-side. A no-nonsense whirlwind of snarling grunge, cosmic grooves and punk rock fury.

Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences. He's interviewed everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handling lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).