I have to state from the outset that ‘joke’ bands are not usually my thing., I have always struggled to enjoy any music if it was parody. With that out of the way, let’s see what these overtly cannabis loving clowns have in store this time around.
Opening track ‘420th Crusade’ begins with an acoustic homage to late 80s albums from the likes of Sepultura before diving into a quality classic death metal track that will have fans Bolt Thrower particularly happy.
For the uninitiated, that is what this band do. As per their name, they are a homage to all things weed and classic death metal. On this their fourth album the music has become more serious while the parody has also stepped up a notch.
From covering the territory of bands like Nile on ‘Papyrus Containing the Spell to Protect Its Possessor Against Attacks from He who is in the Bong Water’ and the obvious Suffocation reference ‘Effigy of the Forgetful’ this band are more and more willing to successfully tackle the more technical end of the death spectrum as well as the usual Chris Barnes-era Cannibal Corpse gore and groove that started it all for them.
I didn’t go into this album expecting much, and because of that I have been pleasantly surprised. The playing is as great as you could expect and Phil ‘Landphil’ Hall really nails his vocals, even managing some black metal sounds on ‘In Battle There Is No Pot’, one of the album’s most memorable tracks.
If you take this album as nothing more than rollicking good metal you will be as well satisfied as a stoner with a cheeseburger. The band know their market and have done their best to recreate old sounds while injecting some newer production values. Well worth putting on at your next party that is for sure.
1. The 420th Crusade
2. In Dank Purity
3. The Final Exhalation
4. Chronic Breed
5. In Battle There is No Pot
6. Grass Oblit
7. Left Hand Pass
8. Effigy of the Forgetful
9. Papyrus Containing the Spell to Protect Its Possessor Against Attacks from He who is in the Bong Water
10. The Fiends That Come to Steal the Weed of the Deceased