(7/10) "Driven rise" is the debut of Riotgod, a new band formed by members of Monster Magnet. You might know them already from their 2012 Wacken show.
It was Bob Pantella and Jim Baglino who had the idea to work on their own ideas in 2006. Completing the band in 2007 with singer Mark Sunshine and guitarist Garret Sweeny it Riotgod releases in these days their third album. In the meantime Baglino left the band and was replaced by Eric Boe.
Based on the history of the band's members it is not a big surprise, that the music is a mix from stoner rock with some hard rock influences. The band names Kyuss, Soundgarden and of course Monster Magnet as their instiration. I actually think that the album is more influenced by grunge than by Monster Magnet. For me this is fully OK, because it shows that Riotgod is more than just a copy of the stoner rock kings.
"Driven rise" contains 10 songs which are all on a good level. There is the grunge based title track, which is also the opener for the album. Than there is also the spacy "Beg for power", which transports a lot of energy - nomen et omen. Next to those tunes the album hs also some classic rock moments like in "Sidewinder". The more crazy and wild "Positronic" shows another side of the band. Straight forward and fast the track is slightly different from the other songs on "Driven rise". The slower but very intensive "They don't know" shows paralles with Soundgarden. It's a cool song and shows the diversity which makes this album special.
I can recommend the album to all stoner-, space rockers. But also grunge fans should check this album. A good and solid album with an extraordinary singer.
- Don't rise
- They don't know
- Grenade and pin
- Prime moment
- You're my waste of time
- Beg for power
Genre: Stoner Rock