Kaleidobolt
(The Zenith Cracks)
2016
Crank this to 9.4 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Heavy psych rock, Stoner rock
Sounds Like:
Radio Moscow, Kadavar, Rush
Kaleidobolt is a three piece stoner-psyche rock band from Helsinki Finland. Their second albumThe Zenith Cracks, released through Pink Tank Records contains eight inspiring stoner rock fueled tunes. Each song radiates with electrifying stoner and psychedelic blues. Making this one of the finest stoner rock albums we have come across in 2016 so far.

What are the highlights of the album?
There are quite a few defining moments in The Zenith Cracks that lured us in. For example, the bass work on “The Crux” is terrific and jazz-like. The song is upbeat and fluent at the same time. The first 1:28 of the song “Inbred” is stellar. The swift drumming leads the way as the guitar follows, what a sweet jam to begin a tune, from here on the song just exudes a dense heaviness. The last tune “Spoil” comes in at 10 minutes and it’s well worth every second of your time. The song journeys through many peaks and valleys of psyche rock. The echoed vocals add an element of tripiness and the soft guitar tones mid-way through sounds like whales mating, and that’s the icing on the cake.

How is the production value?
Perfect for this style of music, it has a raw bluesy quality. The bass is distinct and rhythmic, the guitars are fluent and downright dirty. The drumming is tight while having a freestyle quality about them.

How is the vocal performance?
The vocals are rustic and raw, complementing the music perfectly. They probably translate well to a live performance.

Does the album art reflect the music?

Yes, the artwork on The Zenith Cracks is impressive. The outer-world painting somehow reminds us of something Rush would have done back in the early years.

Does Kaleidobolt have other albums worth checking out?

Yes, their debut Self-Titled album plays in similar fashion to the new one.

What brew to enjoy while listening to this album?
Hoegaarden Original White Ale.  This Belgium styled witbier is light-bodied, soft and creamy smooth with hints of clove, banana, orange and fresh wheat. These wonderful flavors really compliment the music, just sit back and enjoy.

What are our final thought about The Zenith Cracks?

In the saturated world of stoner rock, Kaleidobolt stands out and do a wonderful job at setting the bar high. They just have a unique energetic style that is very inspiring and stimulating to the ear. They seem to love what they do and it shows.

Band Members:
Sampo Kääriäinen - guitar, vocals
Marco Menestrina - bass, vocals
Valtteri Lindholm - Drums

Tracklist:
1. Off The Cuff
2. Murderous Ways
3. The Crux
4. Inbred
5. Helle
6. Steal My Thunder
7. City Of The Sun
8. Spoil

Label: Pink Tank Records
Follow Kaleodobolt: Bandcamp / Facebook
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