Hey,
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!
Cheers,
Thanos
PS: Rock Trips Mixtapes will be back soon.... They'll be the only thing posted from now on. Perhaps some other personal comps too.

9.1.12

The Reptilians - The Mentalist (2010)


Coming from Pocatello, Idaho, The Reptilians are a four-piece band and in 2010 they released a very interesting concept EP "The Mentalist" featuring one and only song which lasts 27 minutes. Quoting the band: "The Mentalist explores the mental deterioration of a religious fanatic faced with the loss of his faith, ultimately driving himself to insanity from his inability to allow the belief system he was raised with to coexist with the growing doubts as to what he has been taught is reality. The album is basically a commentary on the damage that any sort of faith-based belief system can have on someone faced with evidence contradictory to what they've been taught. Psychic powers, new-age ideas, religious belief, and similar topics. But dark as it may seem at times, the message is supposed to be motivational."
It's a great multi-layered work which grows continuously as you're listening to it. Among their music references you'll find sludge, progressive rock and post-metal elements, all combined with craftsmanship and resulting into a you'll-never-going-to-be-bored piece of work. The band is currently working on two new full-length releases so keep an eye on them.
*Thanks to Victor for coming in touch. 

You can download the EP for free (including a bonus track and a 37 page booklet of artwork for the album) from here.

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