Borracho - Splitting Sky [2011]

Posted by Captain Beyond Zen on Wednesday, August 3, 2011

"Washington DC’s Borracho delivers a groove-laden and epic heavy rock sound that combines soaring musicality with subterranean propulsion. The band draws on deep influences that span multiple decades and genres, encompassing classic rock a-la Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, stoner grooves in the vain of Clutch, Down, and Fu Manchu, and epic metal akin to Metallica, Mastodon and High on Fire. They build upon this foundation with their own brand of sonic richness, occasionally delving into sludge and doom just enough to topple the fortress.

The band took root in 2007, when four friends and bandmates set out to create a side-project that would indulge the heavier side of their musical tastes, and challenge their musicianship in new ways. The idea for Borracho was to create a straight-up stoner rock band to feature the vocals of Assrockers drummer Noah. In order to move him out from behind the kit, Adam West/Assrockers lead guitarist Mario moved onto the drums, an instrument he’s dabbled with for years. Adam West bassist Steve picked up his trusty flying V and like a riff machine, began unleashing material that quickly grew beyond the bounds of any one genre, probing further and deeper than his prior musical pursuits and, indeed, than the current group’s expectations. Assrockers rhythm guitarist Tim filled up the critical low end on bass, and the final piece was in place..." (

One of the biggest hopefuls of the stoner metal scene is Borracho, who released the milestone Splitting Sky. This record was featured and reviewed in nearly EVERY relevant stoner/doom blog (The Soda Shop, Heavy Planet, Sludgelord, Doommantia, The Obelisk, The Sleeping Shaman, Hellride Music, et al.), so that there is not much left to say for me. I make it short - BETTER THAN CLUTCH! Blasphemous? No, it is the truth.

Track listing
1 Redemption 1:37
2 Concentric Circles 3:21
3 Bloodsucker 7:37
4 Grab The Reins 11:05
5 All In Play 8:23
6 Never Get It Right 6:53
7 Grinder 6:34
8 Plunge/Return 11:35

Noah - Vocals and Guitar
Steve - Lead Guitar
Tim - Bass
Mario - Drums

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  1. Bufftbone

    Better than Clutch? That's pretty bold.

  1. Captain Beyond Zen

    Ok, at least better than their latest album 'Strange Cousins from the West'.

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