V/A Human Failures
By Marcus Pan
The problem with stoner rock lies within
the name of its genre. For those who truly get into the feel of the style,
using all the chemical appreciation therein, this wont be a problem. The
thing is, really, that when youre high time is twisted. A day seems like
and a seven minute guitar driven repetitive dirge seems like
thirty seconds of playing. I like Spiritu, and have since they hit me in
02 with their self-titled from Meteor City, and the group can surely
hang with the greats like Blind Dog and 18 Speed Tranny.
Maybe Im just getting old, or maybe its because
most of my reviews are written in between projects at the dayjob where I,
obviously, cant be stoned. So therefore the seven minute guitar driven
repetitive dirge seems just like a seven minute guitar driven repetitive dirge
instead of a brain-laced thirty second fist fuck. You first start to notice
this around track three, Latitude, which was long enough that I wrote
half of this original review before it was over.
Spirtus Throwback is terribly good fun, with
the slamming guitar riffage and chunky blasts that the genre drove us mad with
back in the day. Allow me to take a moment to get you up to speed
Human Failures is a split CD that features the slamming oldsters of
Spiritu and the newcomers Village of Dead Roads. Villages first foray on
the CD, Descendants of the Dendrites, kicks off with a grungy 4/4 drag,
heavy handed and blistering. The group can play and play well, but Im
having problems with track length. Im sure Id be breaking shit
without realizing how long they were had I been high.
Skin Prison is a faster paced song with interesting
noodly breakdowns of guitar strumming and picking. Woman of Ill Repute
comes in really dragging ass. A bit too simplistic for me
reminds me of
Sabbaths War Pigs. Picks up the pace and gets chunky and hard
enough to rattle your teeth. Thereafter it goes on for a long long time.
So thats the gist of it its chunky, heavy
but occasionally long winded. Human Failures is certainly worth looking
into if you like the stoner rock genre, and its sure to send you
spiraling into brain-crushing frenzies of breakage when used with the proper
chemical reactions. Spiritu are heavy as theyve always been and Village
of Dead Roads are like a psychedelic mix of Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd.
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 Reviewed in
 The Last Adventures of
Captain Dog was reviewed in Legends
#113 and Captain Dog Rides Again can be
found written about in Legends
 18 Speeds Fluid was
reviewed in Legends #136 and Haulin Ass
was in Legends #145.
 Then the PC promptly ate it, the
stupid machine. So I rewrote what I could remember from memory after rebooting
and now Im on track six.