Bantha Rider - Bantha Rider (2017)
Hailing from Warsaw, Poland, instrumental stoner/sludge outfit Bantha Rider bring the low end in high effect. With four songs inspired by Star Wars and weed, Bantha Rider pull you back to the days when Kyuss ruled the desert. “Sandcrawler” opens up with a Monster Magnet-inspired riff, with drums heavy on ride, that carries you up into a smooth breakdown heavy on crunch. “Uta tuta Solo (Greedo’s Funeral)” speeds things up a bit while keeping that heavy desert influence rolling along with tasty riffage, until the whole thing drops into a pit of sludge.
Magnum opus “Jawa Juice” winds up slowly, reminiscent of some of the earlier Nile tracks, getting heavier and heavier, and even incorporating some talk box for that old '90s sound as you're taken on an expansive nine-minute ride into Bantha Rider’s world. And the last track, “Sarlacc’s Pit”, begins as a ripper before getting ultra crunchy as a victory lap for a very solid EP of throwback sludge. Good stuff!
For Fans Of; Kyuss, Sleep, Heavy Blanket, Weedeater, early Monster Magnet