Italian stoner/doom metal cowboys TOMBSTONE HIGHWAY have chosen “Ruralizer” as the title of their debut album. The full-length is slated for an Autumn release via Poland’s Agonia Records and, according to a press release, is a classic blend of feisty stoner/Southern rock and doom metal, with catchy guitar solos and old-school heavy metal parts that may remind of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Corrison Of Conformity, Pride And Glory, Down, Black Sabbath or even ZZ Top riffage.
In an exclusive statement for ZT the band reveal more: “The record will include 9 songs. The sound ranges from ’70s-influenced hard rock to doom metal, with a constant Southern-sounding feel to it. We tried to keep it varied but still as solid as possible. We even put some banjo and some hammond organ in there, and they worked out great to reach the mood we had in mind. It’s basically real kick-ass heavy rock that you can crank at maximum volume in your car stereo, but there’s also a darker, bluesy mood here and there. To sum it up, it’s certainly not your typical stoner rock record. There are too many bands dealing with this genre already and we definitely prefer heavier and more creative stuff. We try to keep faithful to the roots but to play up-to-date as well. Too many bands try to copycat the vintage sound of the ’70s, while we wanna stick to our own sound as much as we can”.