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Lonely Kamel - "Dust Devil" (CD)

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"Dust Devil" track listing:

1. Grim Reefer
2. Evil Man
3. Blues For The Dead
4. Rotten Seed
5. Seventh Son
6. The Prophet
7. Ragnarokr
8. Roadtrip With Lucifer
9. Hard To Please
10. Whorehouse Groove

Reviewed by on October 8, 2011

"Describing the sound of Lonely Kamel would be akin to creating a musical Frankenstein constructed from the legs of Pentagram, the torso of Cathedral, the arms of Lynard Skynard, the head of Pearl Jam, and the heart of Black Sabbath."

Lonely Kamel is back with its third release "Dust Devil," a psychedelic reefer of doom/sludge that will cause even the tightest straight edge individual to light up some "humanip." Over the years, Norway has been known for many things (church burning corpse makeup clowns come to mind), but stoner/sludge doom metal certainly isn't the first. Lonely Kamel is the exception and the band has been floating high above the scene now since a 2008 self titled LP.

Describing the sound of Lonely Kamel would be akin to creating a musical Frankenstein constructed from the legs of Pentagram, the torso of Cathedral, the arms of Lynard Skynard, the head of Pearl Jam, and the heart of Black Sabbath. The band seems gleefully stuck in a '70's time warp complete with the hazy production. Vocalist/guitarist Thomas Brenna sounds like a marriage of Eddie Vedder and Bobby Liebling.

"Dust Devil" has it all for the stoner/doom lover, whether it be blues laden rockers like "The Prophet" and "Grim Reefer," sludgy slabs of chaotic distortion like "Seventh Son" or psychedelic steam engines supercharged with a heavy dose of Pentagram doom like on "Roadtrip With Lucifer," "Ragnarorkr" and the album's best track "Evil Man." "Hard To Please" sounds like it could have come straight from a lost Jimi Hendrix archive.

Lonely Kamel has produced a fine soup of bluesy stoner doom sludge sure to please fans of Pentagram and Cathedral. So dig out those bell bottoms, grow the handlebar mustache and get ready to blaze one for the nation!

Highs: Heavy pounds of Pentagram laden riffs!

Lows: At times, the sludge is real thick.

Bottom line: Dig out those bell bottoms, grow the handlebar mustache and get ready to blaze one for the nation!

Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls
3.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)