YOU BETTER MEAN BUSINESS WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR NAME FROM A SABBATH CLASSIC!
For more than 20 years, Masters of Reality have been cranking high-test heavy rock, honoring clear inspirations like Cream, Black Sabbath and other foundational flavors by moving the line forward instead of just ruminating sonically on what's been. The Masters' latest album, Pine/Cross Dover, gets a much-anticipated Stateside release on October 12 on Cool Green Records, and children, we can assure you it's the good stuff. Thick, sensual, sweat soaked rock with subtle complexities and even a nod to Jerry Garcia in closer "Alfalfa." We'll be talking to Masters head honcho Chris Goss next month, but here's some fine moments from the band's catalog to tide us over. (Dennis Cook)
Let's begin our pummeling with one of their signature tunes performed in Germany in 1999.
Goss is a wicked acoustic guitarist, too, and Masters have a warmly melodic bent that sets them apart from the pack of others mining similar veins.
This freaky fan-made video for a cut off the new album is too funky-fresh not to share.
While the band hasn't enjoyed the same level of commercial notoriety in the 2000s, they've only continued on their steadfast path, resulting in knotty killers like this one off 2001's Deep In The Hole.
Drop the needle on the band's self-titled debut and this is what saunters out. Dirty riffs, dirty thoughts, dirty greatness.
Back to acoustic shuffling.
We end our tip of the hat to Masters of Reality with some vintage prophecies.