III lulls the listener into a false sense of security with opener "Molecule", which, after a few minutes of light instrumentation, drifts into the slow, fuzzy riffing one might expect from the band's past works. However, there are hints on display here, such as the restrained use of background keyboards and the softer vocal approach, of the departures to come later in the album. As one gets further into the album, one wonders if the band this time didn't leave the weed and Sleep albums at home, and instead bring the acid and '60s/'70s prog/psychedelic rock albums into the studio this time. Unlike on past albums, where the thick, heavy riff was king, the guitar tone is much lighter this time, the vocals are lighter and dreamier, and keyboards have become a genuine fixture in the band's sound. Furthermore, whilst the band has employed faster speeds before, the predominant tempo range on past albums could probably be described as 'unrushed', whilst the songs on here are far more driven, with the instrumental prowess rising to match it. And whilst these influences were by no means absent in the past, the band has never seemed so indebted to the '60s and '70s as during the heavily Pink Floyd-inspired closing minutes of "Embrace". Overall, while the band is still clearly recognisable as "Weedpecker", the group has clearly shown an unwillingness to rest on their laurels and have instead pushed their sound into new territory.
#AlbumSpotlight #III #Weedpecker #Metalhead #Metal #AlbumArt #MetalArt #MetalAlbumArt #Headbang #Headbanger #headbangtothis #headbangersball #MetalReview #MetalAlbum #HornsUp #PsychedelicStonerMetal #Grunge