Tom Sinclair
October 03, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Atomic Ritual

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Liquor and Poker
genre
Rock

We gave it an A-

Dude, it’s gotta stop. We’re talking about all these breathless hosannas and mass genuflections in the general direction of Queens of the Stone Age. All props and respect to the Queens, but there are a heap of equally worthy bands out there mining similar ”stoner rock” territory. To wit: Fu Manchu, Monster Magnet, Dozer — and the subject of this week’s L2T rave, NEBULA, whose new CD, ATOMIC RITUAL (Liquor and Poker), is a tour de force of lowbrow mind expansion. Featuring two ex-members of Fu Manchu (guitarist-singer Eddie Glass and drummer Ruben Romano), Nebula dress up their songs of cosmic claptrap (”Everything is beautiful/And nothing hurts”) with broad swaths of psychedelic guitar and gut-punching bass. If you’re jonesing for a fix of heavy rock at its least pretentious, you can’t do much better than this. ”Hey, hey/Got to seize the day,” sings Glass by way of manifesto on ”Carpe Diem.” Don’t worry, fellas — we’ve got your backs.

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