Hot Ram Delivers Dark, Cosmic Stoner Rock Goodness on "Where Light Goes to Die"
In the Hindu pantheon, three gods are widely considered to reign supreme. These deities are, at the most basic level, personifications of the three cosmic forces that form the basis of reality according to Indian philosophy. Their names are Brahma, the Creator, Vishnu, the Preserver, and Shiva, the Destroyer. It is the last of these whose image graces the cover of Hot Ram's latest album, Where Light Goes to Die. And there is a very good reason for that.
Marked by monstrous, earth-shaking guitar riffs, equally powerful melodic basslines, ragged, howling vocals, and pounding, hypnotic drumming, Hot Ram’s new LP is an archetypal doom/stoner rock epic – one which boasts a dark and supremely heavy psychedelic vibe laced with spacey, at times apocalyptic and even supernatural imagery. The Atlanta power trio’s thunderous, groovy playing and grim, heady songwriting leave them seeming every bit the unholy bastard spawn of OM and early Black Sabbath, entrancing the listener as frontman Billy Konkel sings of dying worlds, warring armies, and lakes of hellfire. Like the destroyer god himself, Where Light Goes to Die utterly consumes the listener.
Expertly produced (in collaboration with the band themselves), engineered, and mixed by Joey Jones at Aria Recording Studio in Marietta, GA, with mastering courtesy of Derron Nuhfer, the album is noteworthy not only for the top-notch nature of its constituent songs, but also for the outstanding quality of its overall sound. Raw, aggressive, and energetic, but focused and refined as only a record made in a truly professional studio setting can be, Where Light Goes to Die is a great release on every level.