If Black Sabbath is the Godfather of stoner rock, then Wino is Michael Corleone. Singer, guitarist and songwriter Scott Wino Weinrich has been driving the doom and stoner rock scenes since the 80s with his bands Saint Vitus, Obsessed, Spirit Caravan, and now The Hidden Hand. Even if youve never heard of Wino, no doubt one of your favorite musicians worships him. Wino has inspired everyone from hardcore legend Henry Rollins to grunge idol Dave Grohl; who coincidentally has harnessed Winos skill and power for his new band, Probot. Suffice it to say, for those devoted to the scene, the release of a new Wino album is a special event.
Divine Propaganda isnt a typical stoner rock album: you wont find any of the ass, grass or gas clichés no back of your cousins van day-glow Zoso poster flashbacks on this disc. Wino is more concerned with world politics, specifically: the iron grip that secret societies and financial organizations hold on the world a.k.a. the Hidden Hand of control. You can vote for who ever you like, but these secret and not-so-secret societies really call the shots. Wino goes so far as to include a list of must read books, and a list of 13 weapons to use in the face of tyranny you can rebel against MTV, your parents or the government, but the Hidden Hand is your true enemy. Although Winos lyrics can be poetic and cryptic, this album is as political as a Rage Against the Machine or Dead Kennedys recording.
Even if you could care less about world politics or political deception, Divine Propaganda is a still one sweet album. The Hidden Hand trio creates quintessential doom/stoner rock: guitar and bass lock in low-end harmony to form HUGE riffs of auroral proportions and drummer Dave drops beats that could crush mountains. Winos solos are awe-inspiring: flawless, tasty and never over-indulgent Winos leads will impress any rock guitar fan. Whether they play avalanche fast or lava slow, The Hidden Hand delivers perfect heavy rock, which any serious fan of hard rock, grunge or metal should enjoy.
Personal favorite tracks include some of the faster paced tracks on the album: Screw the Naysayers is a short 72 seconds of aggro rage, lightning & thunder and the instrumental For All the Wrong Reasons rages like a runaway diesel, but takes time to hit the air breaks for a spacey jam.
Divine Propaganda is a crucial release for music lovers who like heavy riffs as well as heavy lyrics.
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