Something sludgy comes this way from Kingston, New York. Stoner rock giants Geezer have dropped their newest Ep “Spiral Fires” to infect the masses with their brand of cosmic doom. So grab your closest pair of headphones, turn off the lights, and immerse yourself in the sonic journey that awaits you.
“Spiral Fires” is an amalgamation of various sounds and influences from the past that meld together to make Geezer. Take the psychedelic tinge of Pink Floyd, the blues bar beatdown of ZZ Top, along with the apocalyptic drone of Black Sabbath and you have a pretty good indication of what awaits you on Spiral Fires. This is an album that takes repeated listens to fully grasp and appreciate the soundscape that Geezer has created. These are familiar sounds and vibes we have all heard before, but Geezer does a pretty damn good job at mixing it up and keeping us sucked in for the long haul. Let’s take a closer look…….
“Spiral Fires Part 1” starts us off with space laden keyboard shenanigans that pave the way before being beatdown by Geezers droned, down-tuned riffage. These little breaks and passages created by Geezer brainchild Pat Harrington along with his soulful crooning do a very good job of switching it up from the hypnotic drone of the guitars through out the album. Another key element to the Geezer sound is the impressive chops of percussionist Steve Markota. Markota’s ability to shift from jazz laden drum riffage to making the songs swagger and sway with his chops is quite the treat indeed on Spiral Fires.
Track 2 (Spiral Fires Part 2) continues on in a similar fashion with groovy drums and haunting synthesizer work outs. Bassist Richie Touseull does a great job of anchoring down the track between the drums and atmospheric lead guitars. A great guest performance by Pam Grande on vocals elevate this track to blistering heights. A very well thought out and written pair of songs to start off the album indeed.
On the back half of the album we see Geezer flex their blues chops and speed on closing tracks “Dark World” and “Charley Reefer”. ZZ Top and Black Label Society undertones march and stomp their way through the listeners ear canals. In these tracks we see Harrington use his vocals more, adding a very Zak Wylde feel and tone vocally. The mixing of haunting atmospheres with blues and doom really round out the latter half of the album quite well, especially bringing Pat Harrington’s voice to the forefront of the cosmic sludge.
Geezer have crafted a very dark and menacing Ep that will only boost their reputation amongst the Stoner Metal circuit. I greatly look forward to hearing what more these guys have to offer in the near future. Spiral Fires is definitely worthy of those interested in blues, post rock, and doom metal. Catch these guys on a stage soon near you and be sure to check out their social media pages.