Lo-Pan are a band from Ohio that plays a stoner form of metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Colossus" which will be released in October by Small Stone.
A very heavy and retro sounding stoner rock sound starts off the album along with some melodic vocals and the music also bring s in the heaviness of metal and the guitar riffs bring in a great amount of melody and 70's influences while also taking their music into a more modern and up to date musical direction and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
You can hear a bit of the early 90's Seattle sound in the music at times circa 91-92 and the band sticks mostly to a slow or mid paced musical direction and as the album progresses more proto metal elements can be heard in their musical sound and they avoid any use of solos and leads except for the last track where they are used briefly to focus more on a hard and heavy sound from beginning to end of the recording.
Lo-Pan plays a very heavy and riff orientated form of stoner metal and while there is not much in the way of originality on this recording the band makes up for it by keeping the music very hard and very retro sounding, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover everyday themes.
In my opinion Lo-Pan are a very great sounding stoner metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Regulus" "Marathon Man" "Vox" and "The Duke". 8 out of 10.