Originally released last year on Nice Life Records, Lo-Pan’s Sasquanaut has been given a thorough turn in the ol’ cement mixer courtesy of their new label, Small Stone, who probably built a nice addition to their headquarters with the cinder blocks formed from the thick concrete riffs on what is now known as Sasquanaut, mark 2. The fact that this album has been remixed and re-mastered is supposed to mean there’s a bit more spit and polish to the Ohio band’s brick n’ roll, but the stoner fuzz here is so gritty I can’t help but think that they placed the majority of the emphasis on the spit and polished what was left with coarse sandpaper. Lo-Pan are true bruisers, man, barreling their way through the eight songs on Sasquanaut like a dump truck driver on PCP, and should throw a wrench into the power rankings over at Small Stone thanks to their Bigfoot-in-outer-space sound (or gorilla as the cover suggests), which will instantly remind you of any number of combinations consisting of Roadsaw, Sasquatch, Devil to Pay, Kyuss, Antler, Los Natas, and Orange Goblin. Heavy, loud, and dirty, just the way we like ‘em.
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