As soon as the album kicks in, you can feel that desert wind blowing on your face, and you know you’re in for a dose of stoner rock, that doesn’t shy away from its metal background. Stoner Quarantine’s debut album (self-titled) is going to make people talk about it for a while.
Heavy, with some headbanging riffs, but still catchy and easy listening, you can see that the Moroccan quartet aims at different levels of audiences, and different age ranges, which they’ll probably successfully reach out to.
The Moroccan scene hadn’t seen such experimentations in terms of instrumentals and lyrical content before, and whether it’s considered good or bad experimentation, the musical scene needs someone to take the risk and explore something new. The use of Moroccan folkloric sounds is again a hint at aiming for a larger audience, same with the incorporation of slower tempo songs, such as a ballad splitting the album into two parts.
The vocals are very unique, in a sense where they might not suit everyone’s taste, as well as the Arabic singing and the topics addressed throughout the release, which aren’t really in the rebellious “rock’n’roll” spirit per se, as they tackle more society friendly topics, topics that the mainstream audience will relate to.
The heavy tone filled with bass really throws you into the atmosphere of a dusty, windy, and hot desert, either in the depth of Texas, or in the local oriental Sahara, and the mix is really emphasizing that as it’s suffocating with everything being intricate inside it.
All that being said, it is a highlight in the Moroccan scene to see a new band with new influences emerge into existence, and it will be interesting to observe what their next move will be.
Stoner Quarantine: Facebook
Release Year: 2022
Reviewed by Oussama EL OUADIE