Tee Pee
rating icon 8 / 10

Track listing:

01. Primordial
02. Ancient Nug
03. Ghost Train Haze
04. Stoned Ape Theory
05. Light In a Dying World
06. Beast
07. Toke Wizard
08. Rogue Planet
09. Tides of Change
10. Invention of Fire
11. Cult of Yeti

Oh, the riffs. THE RIFFS! It would be easy to get hysterical and evangelical about TELEKINETIC YETI. There is never a shortage of great doom and stoner rock bands, so ageless and undeniable is that musical code. But not every band delivers a consistent stream of riff-centric greatness, and even fewer can compete with a record as uniformly magnificent as "Primordial".

Stylistically speaking, this is squarely rooted in all the usual tricks, tropes and stoner doom cliches, but TELEKINETIC YETI have bigger, better and more stridently hypnotic riffs than just about anyone else we could mention. Filthy and hard-edged like BONGZILLA, relentlessly groovy at any tempo like BONGRIPPER, and grubbily grandiose like CONAN, these songs don't so much tick all boxes as smash them with a weed-stained sledgehammer.

They may not be the only two-man band currently operating in the stoner sphere, but TELEKINETIC YETI are definitely one of the most convincing. This record swings, rocks and pummels in equal amounts, whether expressed via short, belligerent jams like "Ancient Nug" or longer, more languorous pieces like "Ghost Train Haze" and "Stoned Ape Theory". It is also buzzing with the subversive spirit of acid rock, as guitarist and frontman Alex Baumann's endlessly inventive embellishments turn the likes of "Beast" and "Rogue Planet" away from the stoner mainstream and toward a more unbiddable form of HAWKWIND-esque space metal.

Meanwhile, the riffs keep coming and they are nearly all platinum-plated keepers, including the churning, two-note drone riff that propels the closing "Cult of Yeti" to its crumpled, red-eyed conclusion. Reinventing the wheel can wait for another day. "Primordial" goes back to the arcane roots of heavy music and simply turns up the volume, dancing in the flames as the acid kicks in.

Author: Dom Lawson
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • reddit
  • email

Comments Disclaimer And Information

BLABBERMOUTH.NET uses the Facebook Comments plugin to let people comment on content on the site using their Facebook account. The comments reside on Facebook servers and are not stored on BLABBERMOUTH.NET. To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@) with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).