Side project from two members of Monster Magnet who mix up hard rock, space-rock, and stoner-rock into a solid debut album.
Riotgod – CD
Riotgod is a new project that was started by Bob Pantella and Jim Baglino, both of whom play in stoner-rock legends Monster Magnet. They planted the seeds for Riotgod three years ago and now the seeds finally sprouted in the form of this self-titled debut album.
The music of Riotgod is based in classic hard rock. On top of that there is the obligatory Monster Magnet flavored stoner-vibe to some of the guitar work and riffs. The songs are mid-tempo and pretty catchy but with a crunchy edge to them. The vocals are reminiscent of Chris Cornell’s work in Soundgarden which in turn give some of the songs a sort of retro-grunge feel too. Throw in some space-rock elements and it’s a pretty cool mix resulting in a rather solid and accessible hard rock album.
Monster Magnet fans, space rock fans, and even grunge fans will find something to their liking in Riotgod’s music and hopefully these guys find time to continue this project as it is off to a good start.