"Mountains of Garbage" (Self-released; 2024)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

There's only three tracks on Gods & Punks' EP, "Mountains of Garbage," but there's enough here to draw your interest to the band and their atmospheric/stoner/doom sound.

The title track is up first, and it starts out with a fuzzy riff that hooks you from the very beginning. The song rambles through its remaining five minutes with a crawling, beckoning sound that while it never really kicks in, easily holds your attention throughout. The second track, "Dinosaur Feathers," begins with a bluesy lead that blends into an almost eerie vocal performance that really packs on the atmosphere. The song crescendos into a pretty solid rocker about half way through. "Purple Moon," the final (and shortest track) plays like a lost Black Sabbath tune with its loopy Tony Iommi riff and lots of fuzzy guitar throughout. By far, my favorite track on the EP.

I'm not 100% sold on Gods & Punks based on the three tracks here but there was plenty enough to draw my interest to look forward to their future releases. Which is what an EP should do, right?

Gods & Punks: Alexandre C. - Vocals; Pedro C. - Bass; Rodrigo B. - Guitars; Gabriel S. - Drums.

For more information, check out https://godsandpunks.bandcamp.com/album/mountains-of-garbage-ep.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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