Lord Vapour
Semuta
(2018)
Crank this to 9.4 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Stoner rock
Sounds Like:
Wo Fat, Droids Attack
Saturday, January 05, 2019
Hailing from the isle of Guernsey off the coast of France, Lord Vapour have released a stellar album of energetic stoner blues and massive riffs on Semuta. Following in the footsteps of 2016’s Mill Street Blues, Lord Vapour have elevated their game and seem to have found a home with their stoner blues vibe. Semuta is a much stronger and richer sounding album with improved vocals and solid production. With the intensity and fervor of Droids Attack and the heavy swagger of Wo Fat, it’s a stout combination that can’t go wrong. Vocalist and bassist Joe Le Long has improved on his vocal tone as well, his rough bluesy style is commanding, yet blends perfectly within the music. Think old Neil Fallon and Kent Stump of Wo Fat.

We found ourselves slowly being pulled into the heaviness by the first song “Burning Planet”. With the slow aquatic bass intro and thick blues, the song chugs along and finds it’s groove about half way through. By the time track two approached, we were all in. The riffs are strong here and the groove is quite addictive, the change of pace at the 2 minute mark struck a chord with us. Tracks 3-4 continue on this path that is stoner blues heaven and the last cut “Nasubi” is a sweet jam that takes us into other spacious territories to close. Do yourself a favor and grab a hold of your favorite adult beverage and crank this mother waaay up, it’s tremendous listen.

Tracklist:
1. Burning Planet 05:49
2. The Spice 06:40
3. Through The Doors Of Kukundu 07:50
4. Semuta Music 08:42
5. The Mothership Connection 06:59
6. Nasubi 08:41

Standout Track(s)
We honestly cannot pick out a standout track, but we’ll go with “The Mothership Connection,” this track will lure in all fans of the heavy.

Adult Beverage Pairing
Grab some Bells Expedition Stout. This 10.5% (ABV) offers complex flavors of chocolate, dark fruits, with some welcome bitterness. A great companion for cold nights and some Lord Vapour.

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
9 of 11

Risk of Subwoofer Damage
9.9 of 11

Captivation and Variety
10 of 11

Weight of the Heavy
9.8 of 11

Rhythmic Pace
9.9 of 11
 
Lyrics and Song Structure
9.7 of 11

Fretwork Prowess
9.7 of 11

Overall Album Flow
9.9 of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
9.6 of 11

Production Value
9.5 of 11

Final Thoughts
Semuta may not be groundbreaking, but it doesn’t need to be, it’s an abundance of pure adrenalin fused bluesy fuzz. We highly recommend this album for fans of the heavy, we know it will become a mainstay in your rotation.

Lord Vapour is:
Christian Mariess - Drums
Henry Fears - Guitar
Joe Le Long - Bass & Vocals

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