Heavy Traffic – Plastic Surgery
Twin Earth Records – 2016
Psychedelic Fuzz, Heavy Rock, Stoner
Plastic Surgery was released at the tail end of 2016, just too late to feature on peoples end of year list - and make no mistake, it would have been a high contender. Heavy and dense, there is also a strong vein of psych-rock running through, ensuring that there is always something going on to keep your attention. The riffs are strong and muscular with snaking patterns that the guitars deliver drenched in feedback and distortion, giving the haunted vocals a platform to sit upon. Heavy Traffic have enough technical chops to stop this from being "just" another stoner doom release - in fact if you are after an album that satisfies your heavy, musical side ... give this a go. The tracks merge into a gigantic tidal wave of sound that incorporate doom, stoner and psychedelia from a demented band of mutants. Brain frying wah-wah riffs from the world of doom are slowly ground out in a mantra of trance inducing sections over which guitar freak-outs are played - this is meant to be played loud - you can almost smell the amps overloading under the weight of the songs. Feedback and a montage of powerful rhythms that remind me of being very drunk make sure that your senses are in permanent Fuzz overload with psychedelic heavy rock tunes that can melt speakers and brains, come on, you know you want it!
(Written by Tony Maim)