California is home to a lot of stoners who rock, but Oakland's Saviours
has the big metal sound nailed down completely. They've been doing this for more than a decade, gathering fans with their brand of stoner metal, and bringing their flying V guitars on the road to get those fans headbanging. The band creates instant classic metal tunes that recall the best of diverse metal influences, like Lemmy or Kyuss or early Black Sabbath -- seriously these guys can do both thrash and psych metal, and make it sound great. Saviour's major riffs, heavy texture, excellent solos, and a compelling combination of long hair/no shirts could convert any music nerd into a metal head. The words "bad ass" come to mind, and you can't help but picture their tour van as littered with half burnt joints, empty beer cans, and party hard ephemera. As a band, they've embraced change and making new sounds, but one thing has remained the consistent: good heavy sounds and dynamic live shows. Saviours have been on Kemado records for a few releases, but are about to jump to a new label (Listenable) and release a new album, so expect to hear some new stuff (both doomy crushers and faster ragers, according to the band) mixed in with your faves in preparation for the journey they're about to embark on.