There’s a seemingly infinite number of subgenres in the worlds of both metal and rock, and while it’s impossible to hear it all that doesn’t stop us from finding unique flavors from small niches across the two genres that come crawling from all parts of the world. I’ve become attracted to niche styles like instrumental drone from the likes of Canyon of the Skull to samurai metal (melodic power/death/folk with Eastern influences), but easily the most widespread niche I’ve come to love is instrumental psychedelic rock. It’s no secret that The Re-Stoned is a personal favorite of mine from the style, and not a year after their last record these Russians are already back with an infectious new piece.
You’d think that a band as talented as The Re-Stoned might put out a record maybe once every two years with the occasional EP to break the silence, right? Seems about right but it’s no exaggeration to consider this group as a straight up powerhouse of instrumental psych the likes of which there seems to be no equal. It’s always quality versus quantity for most of us, but The Re-Stoned somehow fucking does both as “Stories of the Astral Lizard” is another stunning piece that brings us literally everything there is to love about this niche style while still pushing the boundaries for the sound itself. Across seven tracks without uttering even a single syllable, The Re-Stoned covers an incredibly laid back, chill, immersive, groovy, and ridiculously detailed trip spread across 42 minutes that portray to us the tellings of the titular lizard and its stories. Whatever they may be, telling it in words would be an injustice as “Stories of the Astral Lizard” is perfect at what it does in terms of concept as well as a piece of musical enjoyment with the riffs molding perfectly with top-tier psychedelia that’s pulled off on an entirely new level with the aid of flutes, various guitars, a mandolina, synths, and even a fucking rain stick (whatever that is!). It allows The Re-Stoned to yet again create a record that’s equal parts mesmerizing and delectable in its entirety from front to back, up and down, and from side to side.
The genre has always been pushed by acts such as My Sleeping Karma, but the relentlessness of The Re-Stoned gives this band a special place in the genre as the (mostly) unsung kings of instrumental psych. This band has constantly been pushing out one marvel after another, and there’s no doubt in my mind that “Stories of the Astral Lizard” will likely be the quintessential album of its kind for all of 2018 and it truly can’t get enough love.
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