Neanderthal Speedwayby Solarized
New Jersey stoners Solarized are quite impressive on their 1999 debut, Neanderthal Speedway. The band's sound owes a lot to early Monster Magnet (most notably on "Psyclone Tread," "Black Light Swill," and "February Sixth"), and the album actually features guest appearances by a few Magnet members on "Gravity Well" and the instrumental "Cloud King." In a genre rarely known for its great vocalists, singer Jim Hogan is certainly the band's weak link, but his excellent songwriting on "Shifter" and "Fire Breather" more than makes up for this. Other highlights include "Aftermath" (with its cool midsection) and the pounding "Nebula Mask."
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