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CD review JOHN GARCIA "John Garcia"

Veröffentlicht am 25. Juli 2014 von Markus W. in John Garcia, Kyuss, Vista Chino, Stoner Rock, Doom Metal, Rock, Alternative Rock

(7/10) John Garcia is an important factor in the stoner rock scene. His vocals left a mark on the sound of the legendary Kyuss who dominated the scene between 1988 and 1995. Next to his contribution to Kyuss Garcia also released albums with Unida, Hermano, Slo Burn and last but not least Vista Chino. 

With the last mentioned ones Gracia came again closer to the Kyuss roots. With his solo album the guy from San Manuel, Arizona, goes a step further. His solo album contains a few 'experiments' which are more into hardrock and some blues elements. All this by not denying the stoner-/desert background he has.

The opener is probably one of the tracks which comes closest to what we know from Garcia. The song has a few more rock elements but convinces with the typical the distinctive stoner trademarks. "Rolling stoned" follows the same pattern and has some Kyuss references. A song which is slightly different is e.g. "The Blvd". The tune comes with a down tuned guitar sound, but has also a kind of blues approach. This makes the track interesting. "5000 miles" rocks very well, before "Confusion" spreads more of a garage rock atmosphere. It's for sure one of the slower tracks but this makes it even heavier than some other musical outputs on the album. "His bullets energy" contains some hardrock elements while "Her bullets energy", the bouncer, has the charm of a country/folk song. Based on an acoustic guitar, by The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, the song reminds partly even to Johnny Cash. It's a cool ending of a good solo release from 'the voice of Kyuss'.

All together I can say that Garcia's solo album is an energetic and well-crafted rock-/stoner album. There are still stormy times in the desert.





  1. My mind
  2. Rolling stoned
  3. Flower
  4. The blvd
  5. 5000 miles
  6. Confusion
  7. His bullet
  8. Argleben
  9. Saddleback
  10. All these walls
  11. Her bullets energy


Label: Naplam Records

Genre: Stoner Rock

CD review JOHN GARCIA "John Garcia"