Ritual marks twenty years since Arizona-based thrash-groove metal band Soulfly’s debut release. As their eleventh …
Having taken a step in a new direction on their last album, High Country, The Sword have yet again shown that they aren’t afraid to experiment with their music and on Used Future they clearly fear nothing.
Their brand of stoner and doom rock’n’roll is taken to a new level with Used Future. This is an album that combines stoner riffs straight out of the 70s with electro synth straight out of the 80s and throws some country and blues into the mix and makes it all work. There are some gnarly instrumentals, full of groove and fuzz, interspersed with tracks that show off the chilled out vocals courtesy of John D Cronise. And in amongst all of that you can find yourself listening to some synth melodies that could be used in the soundtrack for Blade Runner, or some funky, bluesy melodies.
The album starts strongly, with Deadly Nightshade, and from there, you take a trip all over a diverse musical landscape, one that has plenty of groove laden riffs, heavy bass lines and crashing cymbals. Among the more stand out tracks are Deadly Nightshade, the bass driven Don’t Get Too Comfortable and Sea of Green which is funky, southern rock ditty guaranteed to make you want a whiskey.
The collective theme of the album touches on the used future that we exist in, and makes it a perfect album to kick back to with a drink and lazily discuss whether the dystopian futures Huxley and Orwell envisioned for us are actually already in motion.
STICK THIS NEXT TO: Black Sabbath, Sleep, Iron Maiden
STANDOUT TRACKS: Deadly Nightshade, Don’t Get Too Comfortable, Sea of Green