As you MAY have noticed, I haven't posted for a while now....for a lot of reasons which I don't find necessary to mention. Anyway I decided to put Stoned Sun Vibrations on hiatus and concentrate my efforts to Downtuned Magazine ('n' Radio). Many of you probably know that Downtuned Mag is dedicated to the Greek heavy rock scene but since I've started Downtuned Radio too, I'm thinking of including posts about releases from all over the world. Apparently I'm going to keep a ratio but we'll see how it'll evolve.
From now on, you can find me on Downtuned Mag. And for any bands interested in reviewing/including them in radio's rotation etc., you can come in touch with me through the contact form over there. As I wrote above. I'll try to keep a ratio and at least in the beginning I'll try to "promote" mostly "smaller", more independent bands that deserve your attention.
So I want to thank each and everyone of you out there who supported, read, promoted and helped this blog. Also a big fat thanks to all the bands which helped SSV in their own way.
That's all for now folks! Thanks again! Maybe SSV will be back someday. Or maybe Downtuned will become better than SSV.... Who knows.
Be well and stay heavy!
PS: Rock Trips Mixtapes will be back soon.... They'll be the only thing posted from now on. Perhaps some other personal comps too.


Automatic Animal - Modern Alchemy (2011)

Second album for Santa Cruz's Automatic Animal (or fourth if I include their two releases as Herbert, the core is the same in these bands). Well I'll inevitably compare "Modern Alchemy" with other bands (you'll see what I mean) but somehow it still has its own vibes. While I'm listening to it, I find myself wondering if this is a Monster Magnet's lost album or this is how MM's latest work should be. Mat Fitzsimmons' vocals are so damn close to Dave Wyndorf's, as well as some riff parts to MM ones. You can spot resemblance to Wino's voice too as in "Blackrose Of Cairo"(which is an outstanding tune). Don't get me wrong, these guys aren't copycats. They filter all these through their own personality. I have to add that the album's production was taken care by mr. Scott Reeder (who also does percussion on "Can You Sleep", talkbox bass on "Germination" and additional vocals on "City In Ashes") and it's recorded, mixed etc. in his studio. The whole album is top-notch. The compositions, the playing, the vocals, the riffs....  You're not going to get bored a single moment!
*Credits To yeoldstinkeye

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