Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Dios (Malos)

Dios (Malos) used to be called dios. A year or so ago they were contacted by lawyers in the employ of diminutive metal god Ronnie James Dio. Apparently the metal imp thought that the band dios could be easily confused with himself and sued them to stop using the name. They complied by adding (Malos). Their latest album is a self titled affair that picks up where their last one left off. These guys write Californian (they're from Hawthorne, CA) slacker rock in the vein of Grandaddy or Neil Young. They also like to throw in the occasional Beatles reference, and are aces at the stoner rock anthem. Grrrl is pure '70s pop radio gold - a strummy riff, sunny vocals and melodies - it's a short burst of shiny pop perfection. I Want It All is shimmery, sad guy rock. These dudes have a real knack for melody, and this one is no exception. I love the drum sound on it - so big. I also really like the handclappy break halfway through. A lovely, rootsy album full of memorable tunes.

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