Let's just get ready for a wild and wicked ride with the System Of A Down of the stoner rock world. There, I said it, weird reference maybe but with good reason. This album is just as unpredictable and strange but it rocks just as hard as many SOAD releases. With great pleasure I'd like to present The Texas Chainsaw Dust Lovers, a quartet from Paris that blends Ennio Morricone with Queens Of The Stone age.
The album opens with the title track 'Me And The Devil', which immediately takes you on a hike through vast and seering hot deserts. Typical American western sounds, alternated with groovy and fuzzed-out blues rock seem to be the main elements and they're being poured together perfectly. Or how about 'Dark Stuff', a nineties grunge songs that could have been written by the Foo Fighters and Rocket From The Crypt if their would work together
Yes, there is a lot of energy on this album, a lot of uptempo rock music with influences from punk, grunge and surf rock. In that aspect, 'Summer Spleen' is brilliant song and one of the major highlights here. Imagine Reel Big Fish going stoner rock, wouldn't that be awesome? Or how about the grungy 'Doin No Harm', another grinding track which somehow even brings Misfits to mind, perhaps because of the vocals.
Oh, that's true. There's also a touch of vintage doom metal in here. Can you imagine what Black Sabbath have would have sound like if Elvis took Ozzy's place (and added some harmonica)? Well, listen to 'The Sleepwalker' and you might now. Yeah, this album is that weird and bizarre but also highly immersive and absolutely recommended to any stoner rocker out there. Damn, what a bundle of joy this album is...