Pater Nembrot – Sequoia Seeds   Leave a comment

I had a feeling I had heard the name Pater Nembrot before somewhere and as it turns out, I have, it was the name of a German krautrock band from 1971, but this has nothing to do with that scene. This Pater Nembrot is an Italian stoner-rock band that is not only good but has an individuality to set them apart from the million other bands that unfortunately get the ‘stoner’ tag.

This album was released in February 2011 by Go Down Records and is actually their second album. The band has toured with the likes of Fatso Jetston, Rotor, Sleepy Sun and the Samara Blues Experiment in Europe and I have been told they have a small but dedicated following. What first hits you with this band is they are not your typical riff-rock act, they blend doom, grunge, sludge, alternative rock genres, 90’s desert-rock and 70’s psychedelia all into their songs so I don’t think there is any musical tag that truly fits Pater Nembrot.

Guitarist and vocalist Philip Leonardi seems to have a great voice for this kind of music, he has a great tone but he can also soar and howl when it is needed. The rest of the band are also very good; bassist Jack Pasghin has a thick, full sound that sounds vintage and provides an excellent backdrop to the off-beat rhythms and fuzzy  guitar passages. Drummer Alfredo “Big J” Casoni  provides the thunderous pounding required for such meaty riffs and power chorded rock. While the band does have a ‘uniqueness’ to them, it is pretty hard not to think of Zakk Wylde at times while listening to this album.

The album opening, ‘The Weaner’ has a slow progressive intro but ends up being a total sludge-fest but when Leonardi proclaims that “something’s gonna break-down on my skin,”  thoughts of early alcohol-fuelled Black Label Society come to mind. It is also hard not to love the swirling keyboard sound in this powerful opening track. ‘H.a.a.r.p’ comes crashing in with more vintage organ sounds but this song sounds a little poppy to me, stoner-pop but poppy just the same, however it heads back to a time when pop-music could still have bluesy guitar work and dynamic musicianship. Another song ‘Supercell’ won me over on first spin because it is about as fuzzed-out as you can get but more importantly from my perspective it has a spaced out bass-solo and you gotta love that.

The short ‘Three Gorges Damn’ is an instrumental in the vein of The Atomic Bitchwaw but is too short to remember too much about it when all is said and done. ‘The River’ follows nicely and perfectly bridges the gap between early 70’s proto-doom rock and 90’s stoner-metal, it is a great track that showcases the bands skills at unpretentious songwriting. Next up is ‘Sequoia’ where Leonardi goes solo producing what is a very moody track with a southern-rock kind of vibe, it is a perfect lead in to the following ‘Once Were Mud’ where Leonardi breaks out the flute for a very early 70’s sounding prog-rock track. It is the album’s centerpiece, its one of the albums longest tracks and the highlight of the disc in my opinion. The flute playing is not exactly mind-blowing but it shows a great sense of melody without sacrificing any of the heaviness. ‘Awakening with Curiosity’ is more or less a repeat of the same formula heard on ‘Sequoia’ but suffers from a bit too much padding. Every album needs a shuffle and it turns up next on ‘Ratla Klim’ which features Enzo Vita on guitar from the early Italian prog band  Il Rovescio della Medaglia.

The album ends on a instrumental extended jam which is called ‘No Man’s Land’ and it goes on and on and then on some more. It has its moments with its synth swirls and effect-laden guitar sounds but the reverb-drones, electronics, and the  heavy-psych gets a little tedious at times but it does showcase the bands incredible talents. Great guitar work that is constantly evolving and switching gears, solid drumming, meaty exciting bass lines and infectious grooves – this track has it all but it seems to go on forever. There is also a hidden track on the album which I think is titled ‘Dark Age Dawn’ but it is, lets say, anticlimactic after the monster jamming of ‘No Man’s Land’ and I don’t understand the point of hidden tracks anyway. If it is a crap tune, I can understand maybe making it hidden but if its good and you are proud of the work, it should be in the track-listing with all the other songs. The hidden track here is just as good as any of the weaker tracks on ‘Sequoia Seeds’ so why hide it? I must also point out that even the weakest tracks on this album are still very good though. ‘Sequoia Seeds’ is a varied album that displays great song-writing, nice hooks and a melodic awareness that most stoner and psychedelic acts don’t reach too often. Highly recommend you check this album out………….8/10

Pater Nembrot’s Official Website
Go Down Records

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Posted May 17, 2011 by doommantia in Pater Nembrot

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