Hazytones, The - Self Titled (CASS)
The Hazytones, a three piece band from Montreal consisting of Mick Martel (guitar & vocals), Frey Coaster (bass & vocals) and Ulrick La Mast (drums), have, since their 2015 inception, been kicking some serious ass around the live circuits of their Canadian home turf as well as tweaking the ears of a few living outside it's borders. The trio are now extending their net to try and catch a worldwide audience by releasing their first, self titled, album "The Hazytones"
The Hazytones burst straight out of the traps with first track "Light Of The Day" and don't stop running till the album's last note fades into the distance. Martel, Coaster and La Mast together jam a groove of hard and stoner rock blended with touches of bluesy psych that has a distinct but not overpowering retro feel, a feel perfect for an underground scene dominated by bands looking backwards towards the hard rock of the 70's. Martel, as well as supplying scorching guitar solo's and fuzz drenched crunching power chords also supplies the bulk of the vocals, clean, clear and powerful, and backed in places by Coaster they are a perfect fit for the hard rocking stoner grooves beneath them. Coaster and La Mast are the engine room that drives those grooves, Coaster's big burly bass lines holding down the bottom end, allowing Martel the freedom to take off into flight, as well as locking in tight with La Mast, the drummer laying down time with a dazzling display of power and finesse, the three musicians combining to create grooves that can be heavy and face melting one minute and laid back and lysergic the next.
"The Hazytones" is an album that could as easily find its way onto the playlist of an avid 70's hard rock collector as it could that of the most discerning stoner/psych/doom fan. From the Sabbath-esque opener "Light Of The Day" ,with it's familiar vocal melody (Sabbath's "Hole In The Sky") and catchy guitar riff, through to the Swedish retro-like grooves of final track "Moonstruck" there is a feeling of the past and the present coming together to create something totally new yet oddly recognizable. - Desert Psychlist