Bongzilla – Weedsconsin
Reviewed: May 2021
Released: 2021, Heavy Psych Sounds
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
Nothing happens quickly when you’re high, or at least that’s what I’ve been told…
WEEDSCONSIN is the first full length in 16 years from stoner legends Bongzilla, and in a surprising twist of fate, Madison’s favorite burnouts have shifted their creative attention away from their love of cannabis towards more thought provoking, sociopolitical musings that should challenge listeners and generate some healthy open debate in the process.
I had you going there for a second, didn’t I???
WEEDSCONSIN is yet another green and leafy love letter to Bongzilla’s recreational vice of choice, because good writers write what they know. While the lyrical subject matter is pretty standard fare for the band, the riffs and general musical construct of these 6 new tunes are on another level entirely. Immediately noticeable from the slow, growling intro to Sundae Driver is just how massively heavy this bad boy sounds coming through your speakers. The guitar tones across the album burn like a motorcycle revving its engine, allowing the simple (yet resoundingly effective) slow burn swagger of “Space Rock” and “Gummies” to hit you square in the chest like that skinny dude from Street Fighter. The 15 minute “Earth Bong, Smoked, Mags Bags” may be the most diverse song in Bongzilla’s bag of tricks to date, fluidly bridging segmented movements of quiet meditation, hazy desert jams, and the dankest of dense angry riffs together into a kind of kind of trance inducing monolith of doom (a doomolith?).
I’ll freely admit that while I’m familiar with Bongzilla’s back catalog, their one dimensional approach always made them a sort of guilty pleasure that was enjoyed sparingly and in short doses. But man, comparing WEEDSCONSIN to the band’s previous output is like comparing the quality grade-A bud you get from the dispensary to the skunkweed you buy from some guy your cousin knows. Or at least that’s what I’ve been told it’s like…Since it released on 4/20, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve hit play on WEEDSCONSIN. Even if you’re not into the dope culture, it’s a trance inducing platter of doom that’s packed tight with plenty of hooks and fat riffs.
Grab your lighter, turn up your speakers, and let Bongzilla take you for a ride.