Isle of Mars
Isle of Mars
(2020)
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre:
Psychedelic rock, Hard rock
Sounds Like:
Atomic Rooster, Graveyard, Camel
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Hailing from Germany, welcome Isles of Mars and their Self Titled debut. The threesome play a very homegrown style of classic hard 70s psychedelic rock. Upon first listen, the opening track “Psychopompos” really hooked us with their bluesy, Graveyard-like heaviness. The second cut is a mixed bag, musically it’s great, yet they throw in some cheesy background chorus vocals out of nowhere, a bit of a head scratcher. We're sure this track will have its fair share of fans. They bounce back with “Lady Atrocity,” this song a solid tune that really takes no chances and has no flaws, it’s a solid psychedelic rock tune. The fourth cut “Fields of Elysium” shows a darker side to the band and really jams, could be the stand out track. The bottom line is this is a really good debut EP, the second track brought the rating down a few notches, but perhaps it adds some variety to this EP.

Tracklist:
1. Psychopompos 06:15
2. Black Tongue 05:40
3. Lady Atrocity 06:25
4. Fields of Elysium 07:03

Standout Track(s)
”Fields of Elysium” takes the cake, we love the bluesy style of jamming and minimal vocals.

Adult Beverage Pairing
Night Swim by Florida based Coppertail Brewing Co. This 6.2% ABV American Porter is dark and luxurious with a rich and roasty flavor of chocolate. A nice lonesome companion for Isles of Mars.

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
7.4 out of 11

Risk of Subwoofer Damage
6.6 out of 11

Captivation and Variety
7.3 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
6.9 out of 11
 
Lyrics and Song Structure
6.4 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
7.3 of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
8.6 out of 11

Production Value
7.9 out of 11

Final Thoughts
Isles of Mars will add some some fresh psychedelic rock to your collection. Definitely gives these guys a listen as you can never have too much heavy psych rock in your library.

Line-up:
Dave Brechbilder (drums)
Gregor K. (bass)
David S. (guitar and vocals)

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