Doors to No Where, the Santa Cruz-based trio of Marc Lewis, Sean Sanford and Peter Testorff, blend a distinctive mixture of hard-edged post-punk with the timelessness of classic metal on their sophomore release, “Lucky You.” It's metal in it’s most tasteful sense, and they waste little time wielding their power of distinct vocals, keen riffs and impassioned rhythms.
The album’s title track leads off the eleven song set, coming at the listener with sheer force, blending a Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) style riff with Lewis’s growling Lemmy Kilmister-esque (Motorhead) vocals. “Bones” comes through in a similar, guttural fashion with an intentional dirge-laden feel. But things blow-up in what is arguably the record’s best moment on “Queenie.” Lewis and company deal out an eyebrow raising, swanky-yet-paranoid, stoner-rock riff, with the vocals striking a more Queens of the Stone Age vibe.
But Lewis backs-off on the vocal growls on “Set You Free” and the Sabbath- versed “End of Forever,” revealing a depth more akin to Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) or even Layne Staley (Alice in Chains). Fittingly enough, “Hero 1” continue the Alice in Chains adour, with a rhythm-driven core and Jerry Cantrell-like solo. But “That Door To Nowhere” and “So Far Gone” peel the paint off, with a opening riffs coming through like a flash burns and breakdowns, thickening the aural stew. The album’s closer, “Sleep,” continues to show the power trio’s variance, with a virulent lead riff, and wicked breakdowns.
Fit with potent breakdowns, and avid solos that vacillate between powerfully simple octave melodies and unbridled guitar shredding, Doors to No Where continue to show that they’re a force to be reckoned with in the NorCal metal scene. Addictive guitar riffs, a driving rhythm section and a thick mixture of vocal styles take a queue from hard rock greats - past and present. “Lucky You” shows all that Doors to No Where can be, with unwavering gusto to spare.
Doors to No Where will be performing on Friday (Oct. 25th) with San Jose's Zed. Antholix and Ghost at Sea will also be opening the show at The Blue Lagoon (923 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, California 95060). For more, see the event page.