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We Hunt Buffalo, Living Ghosts (Fuzzorama Records)
CD Reviews: September 17, 2015

09/17/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



We Hunt Buffalo, Living Ghosts (Fuzzorama Records)

If Creed was heavily into Black Sabbath and didn’t suck, it’d sound like this album’s opening tune, “Ragnarok,” pretty much. But this isn’t basic assembly line stoner metal; just when I had settled into gear to write a few platitudes about the good and bad points of The Sword and bands like that, these Vancouver-based Neanderthals started jamming it up in the tradition of early Mastodon-gone-borderline-screamo (“Prairie Oyster”) and, well, who could really hate that? WHB do have a certain epic seriousness about them, despite the bit-too-muddy guitars — I get the impression that these guys got to at least page 100 of Moby Dick, if you know what I mean, and the production posted up by Jesse Gander (Japandroids, Anciients) isn’t annoyingly indie, particularly on “Hold On,” a wide-load stomper reminiscent of Band of Skulls but with an even better drum sound. Once past its melancholic opening, “Fear” rates up there with Crowbar for pure sludge bliss.





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