Since 1992, Sons of Otis have been recording in what is in my opinion some of the worlds best dirging cosmic doom blues known to man. Sons of Otis will be holding their CD release party in Toronto, Canada on June 13th with Electric Magma opening for them along with Keef and Skull and I figured this would be a good time to review their latest album "Exiled", which happens to mark 15 years since the release of their first EP released when the band was simply known as Otis. Sons of Otis have been on some of the worlds best stoner rock labels including Mans Ruin and seeing their latest release to be their second time with Small Stone. Fans of the likes of Acid King, Goatsnake, UFOMammut and others I would hope know of this amazing band. I have yet to hear a more psychedelic form of stoner doom. Blues has always been a staple in Sons of Otis' sound, and it only gets stronger with every release. Oxazejam truly would be the rule. the song first appeared on their split with Queen Elephantine, but has been re-issued on Exiled. A jam that shows us that the blues will never die, and will always have its place in metal. The best thing I have to say about Sons of Otis is that they seem to build upon their sound with every release where most bands grow stale or change their direction. This album is keeping true to everything Otis has ever done has reached what I believe to be their best outing, and somehow manages to be heavier than anything they have done to date. When "Tales of Otis" kicks into gear with its menacing droning doom atmosphere, you will see what I mean. Exiled is a work of art that will please many fans of slow dirging music ranging from stoner doom to slow psychedelic blues, droning doom to a kick ass version of Motor heads Iron Horse. If you haven't picked up a copy of Exiled, I suggest you do so now and own a piece of what may be arguably Canada's best heavy metal group.
Derek Edward Kellington
released 07 February 2009
Sons Of Otis:
Ken Baluke: Guitar & Vox
Frank Sargeant: Bass
Ryan Aubin: Drums
Recorded By Greg Dawson @ BWC Studios.
Mastered by Chris Goosman @ Baseline Audio Labs.
Produced by Ken & Greg Art by Ox & Joey Toscano.
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