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ALBUM OF THE MONTH
Vale
Khan
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by Death Pedals
Punk, Noise rock, Psychedelic
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Khan
(Vale)
2018
Staff Rating: Crank this to 9.3 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like:
JIRM, 3rd Ear Experience
The prolific trio from Melbourne Australia have already put out their fourth release since their debut in February 2016. Their latest Vale is a full length heavy-psyche quest that navigates elaborately rich bass-lines through plenty of meandering yet complex psychedelic fuzz. 

We found ourselves most fixated on Josh Bills vocal approach. Having previewed their prior works we hear a range of vocal prowess from deep guttural Vedder-like bellows to Staley-born melancholy. On Vale Josh commences with distant subtle almost hazy vocals as a backdrop perhaps looking to elicit more of a psychedelic feel. Thereafter we hear bursts of 90s grunge vocal effect. We found the vocals most intriguing on "Separation" where the echo effect is cranked as well as the vulnerability and falsetto on "Slowman". Regardless, we see the potential here in Josh’s voice and have nothing but good to say about his fretwork and the band’s ability to put together some very heartfelt and intricate song structure.

ROTATION RECAP:
Weight of the Heavy
8.7 out of 11

Hallucinogenic levels
9.5 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
9.8 out of 11

Captivation and Variety
9 out of 11

Vocal Performance
8.5 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
8.9 out of 11

Contrast
9.1 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics 
9.3 out of 11

Production Value
9 out of 11

What is the standout track?
"The Drudge" ends everything on a very fucking high note. The closer blends some progressive percussion and fretwork with the best build-ups on the album. The blending of acoustic and highs and lows are so mesmerizing and impactful. Perhaps most importantly, Josh’s vocals feel most natural and at home.

Any recommendations for the band? 
Continue to accentuate the fucking brilliance of Mitchell Kerr’s bass-work ... it's flawless, just listen to "Wolves" to appreciate.

What adult beverage pairs well with this amphibious album?
Normally wheat beers are not our favorite but take a gander at Lord Hobo’s latest creation ‘Angelica’. It has the flavor and contrast much akin to Vale. Bright aroma strikes the nose with bursts of hoppy pine and grapefruit zing. The taste follows, introducing a juicy and enjoyable balance of hops and wheat. A great warm-weather beer striking a diverse flavor profile considering its low ABV at 5.5%.

Lasting Impression
We highly recommend downloading Khan’s full digital download on BandCamp. It is a fucking bargain and a half and will expose you to their four works and how much potential this trio has. We see the band’s vision really begin to formulate in ‘Vale’ and very much look forward to them further refining their sound and reach. - 6/5/2018

Track listing:
1. The Deluded 8:37
2. Break Off Your Shells 3:24
3. Wolves 6:57
4. Control 9:10
5. Separation 6:41
6. Vale 7:12
7. Slowman 8:36
8. The Drudge 11:16

Band members:
Josh Bills- Vocals, guitar
Mitchell Kerr- Bass
Beau Heffernan- Drums

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