‘Full Of Stones’ rather than being the Lemmy-style anthem the title suggests turns out to be a pretty trippy song, built around some halting, interesting mid-tempo grooves, moving into a more uptempo section about midway through. The vocals are very raw edged and throaty especially when the second vocals, pitched a bit higher, come in and they lend a sludgy edge to the sound. The amusingly titled ‘Sand Witch’ kicks in with a piledriving mid-70s Sabbath riff. Some effective wah usage gives the riffs that bell-bottomed stomp before the bass takes over, bringing in a psychedelic mid-section that’s like a heavier take on a classic Neu! Jam. ‘Made In Hell’ is another collection of mid-tempo riffage laced with some tasty hooks and Iommi-evoking hammer-on flurries. Sometimes when the band works a riff, putting it through a set of dynamics, they remind me a bit of Karma 2 Burn, the masters of working a stoner groove. ‘In Flames’, the shortest song on the album at 2 minutes 40 seconds, washes away memories of tedious melodeath excesses. The energy of this song complements the hectoring vocal tone especially well. The next song, ‘Shit Valley’ returns to a more extensive scale and has some of my favourite riffs on the EP; in fact it’s guaranteed to leave you with a silly grin on your face and an unexplained case of the munchies! The EP ends well with ‘3:00 AM’, another feast of hypnotic riffs punctuated with uptempo sections and some great jamming.
Powertrip is a true power trio, with the rhythm section playing an integral roll in underpinning and complementing the guitar. I was particularly pleased that the bass has a clear, ringing tone that really lets you pick out the details and get into the groove. I could have done with a thicker guitar sound, but all in all the production is clear and effective. Fans of laidback stoner jamming will enjoy this record and I can see it fitting equally well onto a psychedelic or sludge playlist.http://www.facebook.com/pages/POWERTRIPHELLROCK/133189416714037
words by Jayaprakash Satyamurthy