Released: 2011, Volcom Entertainmnet
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
I’m convinced that Scott “Wino” Weinrich has managed to milk a few extra hours out of each day and a few extra days out of each week. Either that or he never sleeps. In between the release of his magnificent one-man solo acoustic jaunt ADRIFT earlier this year, his involvement with doom supergroup Shrinebuilder, and a busy touring schedule with Saint Vitus (not to mention prepping for a highly anticipated comeback album), he’s found time to start a new band in the form of Premonition 13 and record a new album, aptly titled 13. As the story goes, Wino and longtime friend Jim Karow spent some time jammin’ at Karow’s place in the California desert when the light bulb went on that they were on to something much bigger than they’d intended. Drummer Matthew Clark and Meatjack bassist Brian Daniloski were brought in to round things out, and Premonition 13 was officially birthed.
If you’re even vaguely familiar with any of Wino’s prior body of work, you should already have a sense of what to expect from Premonition 13. Larger than life riffs, even bigger solos, and that uniquely weathered voice that still manages to give me chills when he lets it rip. Much like Shrinebuilder, 13 has a sort of mystical, desert vibe to it - from the Native American inspired album cover to the band’s promo photos, to the psychedelic acid trip guitar lines, there’s a definite theme running here. Musically, the album’s 9 tracks run a varied sonic path while still retaining a common thread from points A to Z. “B.E.A.U.T.Y.” opens as a relaxed stoner jam but segways into a hazy interlude only to sway back to consciousness with a decidedly positive coda. Conversely, “Hard to Say” is one of the heavier tracks on the album and reminded me a bit of the Saint Vitus classic “Bitter Truth.” “Clay Pigeons” has some bluesy swagger to it, while “Senses” is a melodically tempered tune. “Modern Man” is a new hippy biker anthem featuring Karow on lead vocals, and the closing “Peyote Road” is my personal favorite. There’s a cascade of subtly emotive musical waves throughout the track, and you can really hear the miles traveled in Wino’s voice.
What else needs to be said, other than 13 is another excellent collection of tunes from one of the most prolific figures in underground metal. It’s an introspective album in many places, content to ride out the vibe and see where it goes and an equally intense and heavy album full of Wino’s signature monster riffs at the same time. You know you want to check it out; it’ll make you a better person if you do. 13 is available now through Volcom Entertainment, check out Premonition 13’s website for samples and more info.