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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Album Of The Day-Iota-"Tales" (2008)

The Album Of The Day is "Tales" by Iota.


Seeing how Iota vocalist/guitarist Joey Toscano happens to be the webmaster of Small Stone Records, I wouldn't begrudge you for claiming cronyism. But you'd be wrong on a couple of counts. First off, Tales is the third release from the Salt Lake City-based band (not including a demo from 2004, there's also 2005's Three Tons and 2006's Frankenstein Earphone Radio God), so if one hand was indeed washing the other, it's certainly taken awhile to find the soap. Secondly � and this is the important bit - Tales not only whomps all over the three-piece's past material, but it also stands out as a highlight of this year's releases. That's mostly due to "Dimensional Orbiter," the 22+ minute monolithic guitar-based freakout that spews intergalactic stoner-psychedelia all over the place, much like Linda Blair did with pea soup in The Exorcist. And rather than being subjected to a crucifix in the vagina, "Dimensional Orbiter" instead gives you a solid boot to the ass. Repeatedly. It's a stand-up and take notice song, a note-perfect example of what this genre can represent when its not farting around trying to figure out what Sabbath and Kyuss riffs to steal. As for the other four tracks on Tales, they're pretty damn good too. Overall, Iota hits harder and heavier than most of their Small Stone brethren, coming close to Tummler in terms of delivery (the exception being closing track "Opiate Blues," which is more like Five Horse Johnson waking up after a vicious bender), so use that as a starting reference and then proceed without caution. Recommended. (John Pegoraro, StonerRock.com)

Track Listing:

01. New Mantis 4:40
02. We Are the Yithians 3:37
03. The Sleeping Heathen 10:42
04. Dimensional Orbiter 22:56
05. Opiate Blues 8:14



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