The 2000s were a golden era for stoner rock, in some ways - the initial wave of the genre in the 1990s led to more and more experimentation, as bands crossed over into other realms of heavy music as well. Unfortunately, given that 2000 is now over 20 years ago, many of the bands that were carrying those interesting ideas forward aren't around anymore. On a few rare occasions, they do come back, though, and that's how we've got Sweden's Mammoth Volume back in action and recording a new album 14 years after their official demise.

The Cursed Who Perform The Larvagod Rites is a blast from stoner rock's past, but a splintered fragment of that past where progressive rock's influence reigned. The band laces their catchy stoner grooves with subtle progressive flair, keeping that all-important bouncy fuzziness at the forefront while still twisting the formula into dazzling new dimensions. On "The Kuleshov Effect," which we're premiering the video for below, the heat sizzling off the hook's smooth rhythm and the unusual melodic slant poignantly contrasts against the dark lyrics and weighty atmosphere. The twenty years between this album and the band's last, A Single Book of Songs By, seem to have made no dent at all on the group's chops or their hypnotic command of stoner rock.

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The Cursed Who Perform The Larvagod Rites releases August 19th via Blues Funeral Recordings.

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