Coming from the Orange County area of Los Angeles, this psych-proto hard rock trio, Slow Motion Rider certainly brings the sound of early hard rock and psychedelic music to the center of core. Since you can buy the album online either on their MySpace page or on Facebook, the band shows how important the sounds of the garage rock sounds and the early beginnings of heavy metal sound mixed with some early Floyd can be a real magic carpet ride to take an amazing adventure that you’ve never dreamed of.
Amazingly, these 4-track debut compositions sounds like it could have been used for a Roger Corman film or as an alternate soundtrack to the British Horror Hammer Films of the early ‘60s, this would have definitely been a huge cup of tea to drink over from start to finish, but with an attitude. With fuzz tone guitar sounds, sneering organ sounds, fuzz bass lines, and powerful drums that realms Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, there’s a lot of potential electricity for Slow Motion Rider.
There might be some criticism to think they are a rip off of the psych-hard rock scene, but they’re not and here on this album, it brings a powerful force that springs the listener to a wonderful boundary of a magic potion. The trio touches the obscure prog sound and the early heavy metal sound as well like the homage of a feedback yet soaring space metal touch on the opening track, Hold Your Hand Out to the Sun, featuring the vocals in a double-track sound that is almost straight through a leslie speaker and with a strumming rhythm section to fill the scenery straight out of Black Sabbath’s sole self-titled debut album.
Interestingly, the haunting psych-prog touches of Mighty Baby’s music comes in handy with the wah-wah section and moody atmosphere on I Like The Way You Look while Kids Ain’t Got No Soul combines the Nuggets-era with leaps of the spooky organ sound and raunchy guitar and powerful kicks of the drums that would have you spellbound. The two tracks have a sinister and kick in the gut feel like its 1970 all over again, but Wondered Why is a fierce yet energetic upbeat tempo that closes the album with the organ and guitar dueting while the bass comes in with some heavy duty fierce lines with a fuzzy attitude.
The inventive beauty of this debut album is almost well produced and it really
carries a mighty and heavy pound kick like no other. It’s kind of hard to say about this album, but with a sound of High Tide meets Black Sabbath meets The Doors Strange Days-era and when you listen to it, it sounds like the Psych-Prog sound is back from the dead and there is absolutely no stop sign for it to slow down.