I mean, I don't it is a good idea to to something like that. It will eradicate practically all living things here on earth. Besides, how the hell are you going to shut down the sun? Use a huge firetruck? Levitate earth's oceans? I have so many questions.
Luckily for The Blacktones, this is just an album title, one for a surprisingly groovy album too. It was sent to me by their bassist, Gianni. Somehow, from beneath a massive pile of emails, his got me intrigued. I have actually no idea why. The mail was friendly but not out of the ordinary. Just a "hello", a "here is my band" and a bunch of links. The usual. Yet, my reviewer-sense started to tingle, a bit like Spiderman feels when danger lurks. That reviewer-sense often tells me something special is going on. It was right.
At first sight, nothing seems to nudge towards doom, sludge or stoner rock. Not the cover art, not the band logo. Both pushed me into the direction of avant garde doom metal, which is perhaps why I became interested in the first place. I pressed play and 'V - The Pope' started playing. It was an intro, a good one. There are a few other breathers to be found here too, adding a conceptual feel to the whole thing. But then 'The Upside Down' suddenly blasted through my speakers and I immediately knew "this is not avant garde doom".
This is ruthless stoner metal in which doom, stoner rock, sludge metal and grunge have been blended into something juicy and dangerous. That opener alone made me twist my volume knob to neighbours-annoying levels. For a doom track, this is tremendously fast but it rocks like hell. I think my first reaction was "fuck yeah", a bit similar to when I first heard 'Old' by Machine Head, 'Becoming' by Pantera or Sepultura's 'Beneath The Remains'. Too metal for stoner rock but too awesome to be ignored.
And that counts for most of the tracks here. My personal favorite, albeit competing with the opener, is title track 'The Day We Shut Down The Sun'. This is an epic piece of doom metal, influenced not only by Black Sabbath or Pentagram but also by today's scene. There are potent riffs, melodic aspects and both clean and rough vocals. Somehow Entombed came to mind too, I'm not exactly sure where but it still is a decent reference. Another odd band that comes to mind is Thought Industry, mostly in the complex vocals and their timbre on 'Not The End'.
I'm damn sure that some of these tracks will find a lot of frenzied headbangers. But I also suggest that fans of acts like Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Tool and Converge check this out. I mean, 'Alone Together' could actually be a Tool meets Alice In Chains spin-off and 'I.D.I.O.T.S.' contains enough raw energy to actually send a massive firetruck up in space. Nah, for real, this is a remarkable album, one that every metalhead should give a try. The Blacktones are on to something awesome and I really hope they have a bright future ahead of them. They deserve that.