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Halfway To Gone

"Second Season" CD

Small Stone

Genres: stoner rock, hard rock, Southern rock

Small Stone
PO Box 02007, Detroit, MI
48202 USA

April 2002

Halfway to Gone, after touring for what seems like ages, has finally sat down to record "Second Season," the successor to 2001's "High Five" release. Halfway to Gone specialize in stoner rock, and this album does not disappoint. Combining influences such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and some traditional Southern rock veterans (there's even a cover of the Marshall Tucker Band's "Can't You See?" here), the band produces their own style of hard, driving Southern doom rock. "Already Gone," for example, is a powerized piece of chaotic rock, combing amazing sludge guitars with fittingly gritty vocals courtesy of Lou Gorra. Meanwhile, on "Thee Song (A Slight Return)," the band brings us an instrumental track that combines blazing lead guitar, driving drums, and crunchy accompanying "noise" to produce one heck of a good time.

Altogether, this is a thoroughly satisfying stoner rock release. From the blasting opener, "Great American Scumbag," to the previously mentioned Marshall Tucker Band cover, "Second Season" is, without doubt, a great album - from beginning to end.


Matt Shimmer