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Jeremy Irons & The Ratgang Malibus, Spirit Knife (Small Stone Records)
CD REVIEWS: February 26, 2015

02/26/15



Jeremy Irons & The Ratgang Malibus, Spirit Knife (Small Stone Records)

Detroit stoner-rock imprint Small Stone Records is news to me, which goes to show how much I’ve kept up with metal. Alright, they’ve mostly been doing singles and comps, but what intrigues me is that they’re adamantly indie, using distributors like Carrot Top (local bands, you should really be taking notes if you’re releasing your own stuff) and AEC, all to push bands who are friends with owner Scott Hamilton, who is not the figure skater, in the same manner as no one in this band is the duckling-lipped actor you’re thinking about. Everybody lost? Cool. Like I alluded, this Stockholm, Sweden, quartet does stoner stuff, as befits the record label, but more in the po-faced Boris sense than any quirky Queens of the Stone Age sense. These tunes are long, man, but they’re cool: if you wanted to, you could convince people that the 10-plus-minute-long opener “Fog By the Steep” is Robert Plant jamming with Sunn(((O))). Hazy, wrenching stuff, heavy on the bliss, utterly analog — old-schoolers will love it. A-  — Eric W. Saeger





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