Thursday, November 04, 2010

Lo-Pan - Sasquanaut (Remixed & Remastered)

Sasquanaut (Remixed & Remastered)
Small Stone

The best heavy rock marries the crushing weight of a fat dinosaur to memorable melodies that slither and soar – Black Sabbath and Kyuss both had that down cold. Lo-Pan re-officiates that marriage and presides over the subsequent orgy on Sasquanaut (Remixed & Remastered). Originally self-released with a bit less fidelity (hence the parenthetical designation), the sophomore LP from the Columbus quartet undulates with shimmering walls of six-string distortion and nimble rhythms that know when to smash and bash and when to pirouette. Singer Jeff Martin brings a shit-ton of charisma and flow to the proceedings as well. Thus the combo is equally comfortable with rumbling dirges (Kurtz, Savage Henry), atmospheric drift (Vego) and driving rock & roll (Vega). When Lo-Pan puts it all into one track, as with the epic Wade Garrett, it really takes off into the smoky stratosphere. Admittedly not the most innovative band on the block, Lo-Pan forgoes experimentation and just lays down the jams with passion, precision and power.

- Michael Toland
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