By Derelikt Waugh

’ll lead off by telling ya right away, this isn’t Kyuss and this is not their new album. That’s not a negative statement, it’s simply a statement. “Peace” is, however, a monumental slab of grooving desert metal that will remind the true believers of why we fell in love with Kyuss all those years ago.  Vista Chino features founding members John Garcia and Brant Bjork plowing through a similar style to their massive past efforts, but definitely looking toward the future while they do so. This isn’t some retro cash-in effort. This is an album that stands on equal footing with anything Kyuss ever did, an album that should be heard from start to finish. “Peace” should be appreciated for its own unique merits, not for what its members have already accomplished and put behind them.

That being said, Kyuss fans are obviously gonna find a lot to love here. There’s the down-tuned, Sabbath-esque crunch that they helped bring back to the forefront in the 90s, the huge, fuzz-drenched bass lines and jazzy, psyche-fueled percussion, and of course, Garcia’s savage yet melodic, powerhouse vocals that have not weakened even slightly over the years. As a matter of fact, I’d say his vocals are better than ever. Couple all this with a slew of stupendously strong songs, and two individuals who have become masters of their craft, and you’re dealing with an album that should certainly find its way onto virtually every critic’s best-of-the-year list. “Peace” is a masterwork by two maestros of rock ‘n’ roll. I can’t recommend this one highly enough, folks.