Anyway, Cosmic Annihilation is the latest effort by this trio from New York. On the pictures there's actually four guys. Appearantly one of them is 'the bartender' and has some other imporant tasks within the band. Everything about this e.p. breathes a cloudy, benevolent atmosphere and seems to be created by a band that just wants to jam and not take themselves too serious. JCHA is about fun, that's for sure.
Of the five songs on this e.p. my favourite is 'On Last Hit', which is for the main part a very mature power rock ballad with fantastic vocals. However, just like the other four songs, the tempo often changes and elements from psychedelic and classic rock shine through. Other influences are present as well but they're all rooted in powerful stoner & hard rock. Here and there, like at the end of 'Late And Lost' they use lengthy instrumental passages which reek of awesomeness.
For some reason the vocals often remind me of Sebastian Bach (Skid Row). I have no idea whether that's a compliment or not. Yet, you can clearly hear that the vocalist mainly is a live-performer. This experience shines through in this recording, nudging towards sludge but narrowly avoiding the 'over the edge' limit. The clean vocals are better and for some reason actually sound more powerful. In opener 'Dying In Leather', they turn the whole into some great hard rock.
Cosmic Annihilation is an excellent stoner rock e.p. and hopefully the precursor of a full-length in the near future. JCHA are experienced musicians and decent songwriters but I have a feeling that there's a lot more up their sleeves. No doubt this band will grow in the coming years, probably becoming a band that will keep on recording excellent albums but truly transcend these on stage. In short: good for the living room, must be awesome on stage.