Album Review: White Manna, “Dune Worship.”

In many ways, White Manna is the quintessential Humboldt band. This is substance-inspired, modern psychedelic rock at its loudest and finest.

Opening track “Transformation,” beats a two chord chugging groove into submission, while guitarist/vocalist David Johnson’s vocals float hauntingly in the background.

Another highlight is “Illusion of Illusion” that follows a more relaxed path. At first the rhythm section holds down a slow burning, steady groove. The track continues to breathe and expand before the majority of the instrumentation fades, revealing effects- laden guitar swirling in ambient bliss.

White Manna is at their best when they lock into deep, heavy riffs eventually blasting off into strange, unexplored regions of outer space. While “Dune Worship” doesn’t stray much from the ideas found on their debut, the journey is just as heavy, wild and heady. For White Manna, it’s more about the trip than the destination.

Rating: 10 out of 12 Cans of PBR!!!

About Ben Allen

Our music editor Ben Allen was born one stormy evening in a quaint Northern California coastal village. Upon birth he was immediately exposed to the soothing analog sounds of artists such as Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Captain Beefheart and Santana. As the lad grew, so did his appreciation for an assortment of abrasive hard rock. A pubescent flirtation with butt metal was shattered in the early 1990’s by exposure to Nirvana and other so-called “Alternative” bands. While in college, our protagonist became a DJ on a local station, and began work as a freelance music journalist. During this period he became entranced with artists such as Tortoise, Slint, Modest Mouse, Guided By Voices and Pavement. Currently Allen resides in Arcata, CA where he continues to obsess and salivate over new recordings by his favorite artists. He works with music industry people to ensure that Savage Henry’s contributors receive music and other promotional materials. He also writes a silly monthly list titled “Ben’s 10.”

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