From the desert of New Mexico comes a new Stoner band under the name of DEVIL RIDING SHOTGUN who as their first sign of life have recorded this 15 minutes of Doom-y and groovy Rock, it wasn’t particularly to TMO brother Keith’s liking though.
And indeed if you come from the desert you should be able to play some Stoner Rock with a little more desert feeling then this eponymous debut. The playing itself for the most part is actually pretty good but in the end you are left with a rather empty feeling. The production is far from crunchy and because of the pretty simple playing the album lacks character as well as atmosphere. Nonetheless they’ve got some cool guitar playing in most of the songs, sometimes it drags on a bit too long but overall there are some good riffs and solos, mainly in the middle two songs. Also the vocals possess some quality with their sludgy character.
Another good point is the sound of the bass that rings nice and clear, sadly enough the playing is hardly remarkable. But again, had the sound of the guitars been fuzzier and heavier a bass like that would’ve created a good contrast. The other part of the rhythm section, the drums, is hardly worth mentioning. They’re too simple and not befitting of a Stoner band; a missed chance for interesting drumming can just be enough to give an album a little character.
Overall not too interesting, but not horrible either, there’s definitely some quality there and some of the ideas for the guitar playing are potentially very good, the band just needs to improve their sound, both production-wise and music-wise, in the future. (Online July 15, 2006)