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CD VISTA CHINO PEACE ALBUM REVIEW

VISTA CHINO

PEACE

2013

 

 

LONG DESERT SHADOWS

 

 

So the law steps in and Kyuss Lives! Is now Vista Chino, but of course nothing else has changed and the spirit of the band that gave us ‘Blues For The Red Sun’ lives on. In a way it’s nice to have a new name and with no changes to personnel (from Kyuss Lives!) on ‘Peace’- vocalist John Garcia, bassist Nick Oliveri (who departed after recording ‘Peace’), guitarist Bruno Fevery and drummer Brant Bjork are all still with us - Vista Chino is just the title of the next chapter.

 

‘Peace’ is an album that could so easily have just tried to replicate the spirit of Kyuss, but unexpectedly it’s an album that seems in two minds – afraid to entirely break from that orbit but still offering glimpses forward rather than solely looking back. The best example perhaps being that Bjork even gets to sing on standout track ‘Planets 1 & 2’ (something that never happened in Kyuss).

 

Musically ‘Peace’ is unapologetically and undeniably still lingering in the shadows of that former band. Riff-fest ‘Dragona Dragona’ is a nice start though, ensconced as it is next to the swinging groove of ‘Sweet Remain’. Overall we’re clearly still deep in Stoner territory despite the variances of degree: maybe surprisingly though there’s a lack of real fire like on ‘Planets…’ In fact if anything that is the one flaw here – the music is fine for fans but a little too mid-paced to really be totally convincing. Don’t get us wrong it’s a great album by a group of fine musicians – I guess we were just waiting for that stone to be thrown into a deeper pool, and the ripples cause a bit more of a stir. Maybe that’s next time.

 

Check out ‘Adara’ and its bluesy riff, the mellow desert wind of ‘Mas Vino’ or the trippy ‘Acidize – The Gambling Moose’ and it’s certainly worth the price of admission, but listen to ‘Planets 1 & 2’ again and you know there’s so much more to come…

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD VISTA CHINO PEACE ALBUM REVIEW 2013