Matt Evans (guitar), Charlie Badger Croisdale (bass), Warren Bishop (drums) and Rob Powell (guitar/vocals) are Tunnel of Grokes. The band released Killing Machine which is a four-song EP of fuzzy, stoner rock.
I was immediately drawn to the band’s cocksure attitude which seems to dipped in humor and levity. They proclaim on their Bandcamp page that they were, “voted the best new band of 2018 (by me), a title we expect to win every year.”
The band is a pretty straightforward fuzz band. They sound somewhere between The Melvins and Danzig. There weren’t any surprises on the EP but they served a fun, familiar dose of no frills stoner, doom metal made for broken dreams and beer fueled nights.
The band get cracking with “Betrayal.” Have you ever heard of distortion? Well guess what, here is your introduction. The song rolls with a prominent hi-hat and a ball of white noise. There are some vocals in there. Powell seems a bit indignant by the whole fact that he needs to lose weight? I think that’s what I heard.
A song titled “Batman” better be about batman. The song feels a bit evil in a cartoon super villain type of way at first. I think the synth was what made me feel like that. The song is heavy and covered in fuzz but not the same sludgy fuzz you hear on “Betrayal.”
“Here comes the man” is part Danzig and Motörhead with monotone Ian Curtis type vocals. The song arguably goes a little longer than it needs to but the guitar solos are definitely badass and the coat of additional fuzz is nothing to scoff at either.
They close with an epic white noise meltdown entitled “Slaughtergeist” which incorporates the drone metal of a band like Sunn O))) with the chorus effect of Pink Floyd. The song is a dynamic roller coaster ride and the eight-plus-minutes are justified.
These guys tear it up. They aren’t doing anything in this genre that hasn’t been done a million times over but they have a good ear for what the songs call for. Take a listen.
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