Bro Jovi [USA]
Songs to Crush Beers to Vol. 1: Slippery When Blacked
Stoner/Doom Metal/Southern Rock
I almost thought my eyes were playing tricks on me when I first received an email containing information about Bro Jovi, thinking that it was probably some kind of typo error or another Bon Jovi tribute band. But the first thing that the email warns of is that Bro Jovi is not another Bon Jovi tribute act, and it is immediately evident with the title of the band’s debut, Songs to Crush Beers to Vol. 1: Slippery When Blacked.
Featuring former members of bands such as Abigail Williams and Aborted, one could be assured of the quality of musicianship on Bro Jovi, yet there still remains some hesitance the first time one pushes the play button. Fortunately, the band manages to show how they can translate their musicality into another genre, and what Bro Jovi presents on Songs to Crush Beers to is some extremely groovy and enjoyable stoner/doom metal, with a nice Southern rock touch to complete that entire beer-crushing experience. The riffs unleashed by Michael and Ken from the start with Sanctuary of the Beast immediately brings bands such as Spiritual Beggars to mind.
At the same time the band retains that aggressive touch to their music, and despite the grooviness that is abound on the album, for the most part Songs to Crush Beers to is quite a heavy listening experience, and along with that sweet, gruff vocals of Rob, one can’t help but to be reminded of the style of the excellent Japanese stoner/doom outfit Church of Misery. The heavy presence of the bass also helps in reinforcing that groove on the album.
Paying tribute to the roots of doom and stoner, there are even moments on the album where one is reminded of landmark classics such as Black Sabbath‘s Master of Reality. The Southern rock influences can also get rather heavy on some of the tracks, with songs like Deer Hunter seeing Thomas happily cow belling his way through most of the track, and closing track Drifter is just a complete Southern rock track.
Truth be told, there hasn’t been many new stoner releases that can retain my attention as much as Bro Jovi‘s Songs to Crush Beers to, and with releases as such, one now knows where to go for their fix of stoner metal.