Released: 2004, Small Stone Records
Man, there are some records that I just can’t seem to come to grips with, no matter how many times I listen to them. You know when you listen to an album over and over again and each time it just makes you feel…uncomfortable? Well, Porn’s (The Men Of…) latest album, WINE, WOMEN, AND SONG, is one of those albums. Over the course of its 50 minutes, you will be beaten, tortured, totally drained. It never stops until the disc is over (nothing can save you if it’s on repeat!).
Taking a base of stoner rock, mixing it with some good ‘ol heavy metal, Porn proceeds to pound the living hell out of it, all while sounding like they’ve gone on a bad acid trip. The vibes are endless, the vocals sparse, and all the while you try, beg, plead, to figure out what is going on.
The upside to this is that there are a number of downright cool riffs lurking throughout this disc. The downside, which slightly overpowers the upside I might add, is that you have to be a VERY dedicated lover of old style stoner music to really appreciate this. If you’re not, don’t even bother because you will be lost minute one.
Of course, there are some riffs on here that you can grab onto for support, most obviously in the killer “Mastadon Entrée” (what a great fucking title!). Of course, that assumes that you make it past the extremely obtuse 12 minutes of “Succulento” first. Good luck with all of THAT.
Ignore them if you will, but there is some damn good music on this disc that should be heard. You’ll just have to work a little harder than you’re probably used to in order to find it.