90s Heavy Rock Throwback
Labeled often as stoner rock, heavy rock band Lo-Pan has a unique high steppin’ tune in its unusual doom presence, something that has a groove but can also be blasted on the road while going a million miles to nowhere.
There are a number of ways to compare the music that Lo-Pan makes on their fourth album (third if you don’t count the first album with original singer) Colossus to other releases within the genre. Named after the 96-foot statue of the ultimate siege and nature of the city of Rhodes, the Ohio quartet released their debut album in 2005 with a different singer when Jeff Martin popped on the scene with the group’s next release, Sasquanaut.
Songs like “Land of the Blind” are characterized by glaring guitar chords and plenty of steady drumming; tracks like this seem to be one of those that is meant to bring in the crown in an almost empty hall. “Black Top Revelation” is a great song to announce the band to bring their newfound fans from the bar and to the stage. There is a defining presence with all Lo-Pan produces, and what comes of it is some serious fan building.
With capable guitar shreading and steady/ready drumming, Lo-Pan are everything an arena rock band could be. Curiosity consumes us to find out why they have yet to headline in such a way. The group is not doing a poor job at all on their own; they have toured and supported the likes of Weedeater, Whores, Fu Manchu and more. Despite receiving far less recognition then they deserve, Lo-Pan goes hard and keeps their music strong and original.