STONER DOOM METAL | PHILADELPHIA/ USA
RELEASED VIA MAINSTREAM RECORDS IN 2012
I don’t know who Lizaveta is but I’m not so sure the band like her! Active since 1994, “7th Direction” is the seventh offering funnily enough from the Philadelphia based Stoner Doom trio of STINKING LIZAVETA! Following up from 2009’s “Sacrifice and Bliss”, this album marks not only the bands seventh album, but their seventh album with the same line up. Indeed Stinking Lizaveta have never had any other band members and that makes them a rather unique entity in the Metal scene, eighteen years with the same personnel is extremely impressive, there must be a really tight bond holding this bunch together!
Featuring a fuzz muffled sound on the guitars, and a psychedelic overall ambiance, “7th Direction” starts slow and wah wah’s it’s way on at it’s own funk ridden pace! Stinking Lizaveta then are definitely a band for riff-age aficionados everywhere! Once the heavy stuff does kick in though it hits home hard with a sledge-hammer like blow of alcohol fueled sludge ridden hate! Stinking Lizaveta are all about the long drawn out solos, the grimy riffs and the sludge like sound oozing into your pores, and whilst for the most part they are fairly melodic along with it, they do know how to turn up the aggression when required. The most important aspect of the Stinking Lizaveta sound though is that they are in fact entirely instrumental, so it is a case of laying back with beer in hand and enjoying the bass heavy riff fueled harmonies that wash over you, and boy do they sound good!
Cheshire Agusta should get a mention on the drums also, in this massive riff-fest that is the Stinking Lizaveta sound her tireless sturdy drumming keeps the band on course and true as they wind their way through almost endless paths of fuzz soaked guitar chords and bass laden oppressiveness! “7th Direction” really is a technical masterclass in how to play guitar, and the bass and drumming is not far behind either. Amazing to listen too, this is for me personally a great way to relax with a cold one in hand and enjoy the melodies! [8/10 – LUKE HAYHURST]