Lousy Riders Infuse Their Stoner Metal with Melody and Guitar Solos on 'End of Light'
Published Oct 28, 2020Stoner metal often operates in the realm of tone worship that makes most contemporary bands feel uninspired and rehashed. Lousy Riders, on the other hand, utilize this wonderful grey area that explores a wide range of subgenres to the best of their abilities.
Lousy Riders' End of Light sends its listeners on an emotional rollercoaster that is unlike any other in heavy music. Melody reigns supreme throughout the record — whether it is the biker groove on "Black Box," the vocal chorus on "Forever" or the off-beat swing of "Orphans," there is something unexpected throughout the album. Just when the listener has settled into what they feel the album will offer, End of Light offers something completely different.
Often considered a faux pas in the genre, Lousy Riders have utilized guitar solos in a way that contributes to the album in a meaningful way, including the shredding passages on "Forever" and the full on blues assault of "Kill My Young." End of Light can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. With tons of melodic vocals, crushing riffs and even straight up blues music, there is something on here for everyone. (Independent)