Anyway, back to the band Lizard Queen and their second album 'Third Eye'. It was released last January but the band only discovered us a few days ago. Today, I discovered them and I'm quite glad I did because this is a great album that could and should have been stunning. The latter part of that last sentence reflects my feelings about the production of the whole. It's not bad, not at all, but it seems a bit too lo-fi to truly impress. I'm not sure if that is intentionally or just for budgettary reasons but I honestly believe this music is way too good to be presented in this fashion.
Fact remains that Lizard Queen is a very talented band that knows a thing or two about writing strong psychedelic stoner rock songs, rooted in traditional doom metal. Besides, the chant-approach of the vocals is amazing and really lifts the music up to a very high level. If I have to compare this music to other bands, I would probably place Lizard Queen somewhere between Uncle Acid and Om. Yes, it is that good. With strong riffs and these amazing vocals, they have convinced me of their talents. Yet, here too I have to mention that they're quite different in the openening track. Not bad, different.
Yet, it isn't just about riffs, although thery're massive and spectacular in songs like 'Monolith' or 'Summer Of The King'. There's a great deal of solid songwriting involved as well. Songs like 'Little White God' and 'Silver Spoon' seem to come directly from the seventies, or even a bit earlier. 'Kiss The Lizard' and 'Fleshly Nautilus' nudge towards post-rock, and so on. A lot of influences have been added to Lizard Queens's music and incorporated in a perfect manner.
'Third Eye' is quite a long album, almost ninety minutes long. But is is a rollercoaster of classic rock, doom metal, stoner and psychedelic rock that is well-worth checking out. With songs like these, I'm sure Lizard Queen will impress even more on stage that on this digital download album. So in a way, I think it's only a matter of time before a decent label discovers them, lock them up in a professional recording studio to come out with a must-have 3LP deluxe edition on 180g marbled vinyl. They truly deserve that...