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Sixty Watt Shamen
Seed of Deeds
Released: 2000, Spitfire
This is the first major label release for Sixty Watt Shamen, having released a 1998 debut independently on Game Two Records. Their sound??? A mixed bag really....Take the Allmann Brothers, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynard, Cream, and toss in a heavy dose of Kyuss & Down, and you have Sixty Watt Shaman. Sure to be lumped with many stoner bands, Shaman's advantage are the vocals of Daniel Kerzwick, who sounds like Pantera's Phil Anselmo one minute and like Duane Allmann the next. Also of note is guitarist Joe Selby, who plays a mean slide on "Fear Death By Water" and is complimented by the solid rhythm section of Rev. James Robert Forrester (bass) and C.J. Dukeheart (drums). Just as you think you have their sound pegged, the band changes gears. Title track "Seeds Of Decades "just bleeds total 70's groove and funk. 'Devil & the Details t.1&2"sound like the result of Kyuss & Sabbath crossing paths in the dessert While "Roll The Stone" sounds like Skynard covering Zeppelins "Battle of Evermore." You never know what to expect. All in all, a strong major label debut. One that grows with repeated listens.
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