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Juice Oh Yeah: Sila Vselennoy

Who knew there was such a strong stoner and extreme scene in Eastern Europe? Well, not me anyway, but Sila Vselennoy from the rather tweely named Juice Oh Yeah is the latest in a tumble of old releases SoT has received for review that fall into one of those categories. On this occasion we don’t really need to look much further than the Black Sabbath album for inspiration, so deep in the dark foreboding crawl of unsettling atmospheres that way back when set the music world on its head are this band. And since then, that seminal release has spawned hundreds of copyists.

Juice Oh Yeah fall firmly into that category, there’s not much interest here in stretching boundaries, taking risks, or indeed, in not simply sounding like a fledgling Sabbath. That doesn’t stop the Cream inflected “Krug” from upping the velocity beyond terminal slither and hitting hard while also adding in a chanting mid-section that trembles the knees. “Spat’” grinds and gnashes, this largely instrumental cut exploding into a frantic hail of cutting voice, fret slashes and cowbell abuse at its close.

Only five cuts appear, “Kozha” a juggernaut that powers over all in its path, while possessing the slightest hint of a Rage Against The Machine chant-chorus, while “Kozha Slona” is possibly the most full on these Russians get. The other end of the scale is toppled over by the slow build of “Poslednaya” which continually refuses the temptation to sit anywhere other than in threaten-doom.

Juice Oh Yeah won’t change the world in the way the album they so clearly ape certainly did. However, they can captivate and are, at times, in possession of no little power. They do however need to work much, much harder at finding their own identity, until then this outfit will be an interesting but fleeting diversion - or at least they would be, if this, their most recent release, wasn’t put out in 2013.

Track Listing
1. Kozha
2. Spat’
3. Krug
4. Kozha Slona
5. Poslednaya

Added: March 29th 2019
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Juice Oh Yeah @ bandcamp
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Language: english

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