Don Barbas
Dulcis
(2018)
Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre:
Stoner rock
Sounds Like:
Truckfighters, Kyuss, Six Sigma
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
The Ecuadorian trio has desert sand seeping from its pores. Impressive stoner rock not swaying too far astray from the Kyuss and Truckfighters’ formula. Tracks like "Caravana Espiritual Pts I and II" play clear homage to the acoustics side of Brant Bjork ultimately morphing into some folkie fretwork. The beautiful Spanish tongue also flows nicely with the laid back stoner grooves. This album is chockfull of diverse and flowing stoner tunes and is surprisingly a ‘Name Your Price’ on BandCamp.

Track Listing:
1. Dulcis Folium (4:47)
2. Lunas (3:09)
3. Sol Acido ((5:26)
4. 1922 (3:24)
5. Caravana Espiritual Pt. I
6. Mt. El Altar (4:12)
7. Tu Distancia (4:30)
8. Pez Gato (1:45)
9. La Luz (7:01)
10. En Katmandu (3:34)
11. Fuzz De La Muerte (4:28)
12. Caravana Espiritual Pt. II (8:48)

Standout Track:
"La Luz" is our favorite track primarily for its expansive sound and terrific bass-work. The second longest track on the album contains the most contrast and well-thought out jams on the album. The undercurrent and slow progression of melody is impressive. The track builds with steady strength as the slightly distorted vocals help with the intrigue and majestic culmination.

Adult Beverage Pairing:
Bandido Hop-Rey IPA at 6.2% ABV brewed by Bandido Brewing is the perfect beer from Ecuador to accompany the stoner jams of Don Barbos. This IPA has an Aroma of sharp hops on some good sour grapefruit zest as the flavour is aromatic with bold hops.

ROTATION RECAP:
Captivation and Variety
8.2 of 11

Weight of the Heavy
8.4 out of 11

Hallucinogenic levels
8.8 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
9.2 out of 11

Percussion Prowess
8.9 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
8.7 out of 11

Contrast
7.8 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
6.5 out of 11

Production Value
8.2 out of 11

Band Members:
José Miguel Ontaneda
Felipe Añez
Carlos Emanuele

Final Thoughts:
If you are looking for some new stoner rock that contains some core classic stoner influences give Dulcis a gander. The fretwork meanders enough to create some nice hallucinogenic levels. There is no doubt that Don Barbos have a high level of stoner chemistry running throughout their veins. It is great to see some fresh tunes coming out of Ecuador an area that we have not heard from much lately.

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