Kal-EL are a band from Norway that plays a very heavy form of stoner rock and this is a review of their 2014 album "Pakal" which was released by WormHoleDeath Records.
The album has a sound that has a very heavy 70's rock feeling along with all of the musical instruments sounding very powerful as well as the heavier parts mixing doom metal, grunge and stoner rock together along with some melodic vocals and when t hey add in guitar solos and leads the album starts evoking a more retro vibe and feeling as well as adding in some spoken word samples.
Most of the songs stick to mostly a slow or mid paced direction as well as adding 90 influences with 70's influences while having more of a metal heaviness to them and at time s the bass guitars take over as a lead instrument on some of the tracks as well as the band adding in a great amount of melody into their music.
On some of the tracks the band brings in a small amount of clean sections which also have a psychedelic feeling to them a t times when utilized and acoustic playing which really dominate on the brief instrumental the band brings onto the recording along with elements of blues rock in the heavier sections of their music as well as the singer having a voice that reminds me of early Black Sabbath.
Kal-EL create a sound that is very heavy and retro with their music while also having a very modern day feeling to their songs, the production is very professional sounding and the lyrics cover dark, metaphysical and suicidal themes.
In my opinion Kal-EL are a very great sounding stoner rock band and if you a re a f an of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Black Hole" "Fire Machine" and "Upper hand". 8 out of 10.