Mangoo

Finland is notorious for its metal exports. Stoner rock? Maybe not so much. But Mangoo is leaking more into the big pond for their incredible blend of stoner and psych rock, both hard-hitting and contagious. Deathmint, from second album, Neverland, comes across as the theme song for a last stand: ominous, haunting but utterly captivating to its very end. The first half is reminiscent of Kyuss: bluesy grooves with an astoundingly catchy chorus, but then a seismic shift into foundation-altering chords, ratcheting tension up with touches of strings and a bell that could signal the end of days, completely fulfilling that apocalyptic feel. This band is a little bit special, and well worth your investment.

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