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Were-Jaguars : III

Were-Jaguars continue their run of highly effective and idiosyncratic progressive Stoner Doom ventures.

I first heard Were-Jaguars late last year when I reviewed their album 'II', which I enjoyed immensely. At that time I mentioned that I was somewhat behind the times as they were already onto album 'III'. I promised that I would be checking out the rest of their discography, and indeed I did, getting digital copies of all their records from Bandcamp and having many hours of enjoyment tearing around country roads blasting them. Recently however, a CD copy of 'III'found its way onto my doormat and so the time has come to write some words about this latest effort.

In all honesty, there isn't all that much I can say about III' that I didn't already cover in my previous review, as this album very much carries on from where its predecessor left off with its high quality Space/Stoner Rock goodness. 'III' does seem to bring a little more heaviness and Doom to the table something I questioned in my previous review with tones and riffs reminiscent of my very favourite Stoner/Doom band Ufomammut at times. Things seems to have tightened up a little as well, although Were-Jaguars retain their loose and jammy feel throughout.

In some cases I might feel that two quite similar releases, both clocking in at over 70 minutes and released quite close together might be a little boring. This is just not my experience with Were-Jaguars however, and I can happily listen to both records back to back for several days. This kind of Stoner music is something I've drifted away from over the years as it has filled up with a million clone bands who always focus on the elements of the genre that I find least appealing. Were-Jaguars remind me once again of what I originally loved several layers of trippiness and free-form sounding jams that let me sit back and travel the universe from within my arm chair.

So, to sign off, if you checked out 'II' after my review last year and for some reason skipped over III', go back and check it out. If you have heard neither but are a big fan of the Space Rock side of heavy Stoner Rock then these are two (or more as their debut is also no slouch!) records you need to hear right now. Bring on 'IV'!

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Reviewer's rating: 9.5/10


Tracklist :
1. thoth and the language of light (if you would speak with the gods you must first learn the language of the gods)
2. the temple of the world
3. the burden of truth
4. the gods have abandoned us like migrating birds
5. moving in stillness
6. the priests of fire sprinkle the lustral waters of the loud resounding sea
7. whomever is found a corpse is superior to the world
8. neniam in mundo
9. an image, a message, transmitted and received through expanse of time
10. reoccurring dream
11. random collision
12. the apocalyptic narrative
13. another crack in the universe
14. bible on speed (bonus track)

Duration : Approx. 77 minutes

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Reviewed on 2017-04-30 by Kris Clayton
Thermal Mass
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