Heavy, sometimes psychedelic, sometimes bluesy, stoner rock from Norway? Indeed. Lonely Kamel brings their third long player, Dust Devil, on Napalm Records and, with little doubt, just like their music, they band has settled into their own groove. You'll get it right from the start with fuzz-busting blues laced classic rock of Grim Reefer.
And likely, the most impressive thing about Lonely Kamel is that the know any heavy stoner rock has its roots 70's classic rock. A well-paced, thick and heavy, rock groove, first and foremost, informs the best stoner, or desert rock for those connoisseurs. This motif is found in the best songs on Dust Devil including Roadtrip with Lucifer, Hard to Please, and Whorehouse Groove. That last song once again boasts some fine blues influence, and bit of the pyschedelia influence. You get more up tempo twists on Evil Man and Rotten Seed, and classic rock side with the blues on the more cracking, The Prophet.
Then two tracks, Seventh Son and Ragnarorkr, exaggerate nearly everything that makes this album classic desert rock, especially that wall of fuzzy distortion and a heavy plodding pace. A massive bass line also informs both. Seventh Son brings some eerie pysch guitar, Ragnarorkr more classic fret work. Both are equal parts dark, doom, and immense. But especially Ragnarorkr, which embellishes the stoner sound with more sludge and/or doom metal.
To say Lonely Kamel knows their craft is an honest compliment. If you miss Kyuss or feel empty by the limited output lately of Queens of the Stone Age, then your stoner heroes are here in Lonely Kamel's Dust Devil. Dust off your Les Paul with fuzz, phaser, and flanger at the ready.
To say Lonely Kamel knows their craft is an honest compliment. If you miss Kyuss or feel empty by the limited output lately of Queens of the Stone Age, then your stoner heroes are here in Lonely Kamel's Dust Devil.