When Kyuss Lives! were forced to change their name by a federal court judge in August of last year, there was only one option for a replacement – VISTA CHINO. VISTA CHINO is the main arterial road leading to and through the band’s home of Palm Springs, California, where Kyuss originated over 25 years ago. The road from Kyuss Lives! to the recording and release of VISTA CHINO’s triumphant new album, Peace, has been a journey to hell and back for the reunified group featuring original members Bjork and Garcia alongside adopted Belgian-born guitarist Bruno Fevery.
The resulting album is one that is sure to satisfy even the most diehard fan. Peace remains true to the groove-laden desert sound and indelible spirit that has made Kyuss one of the most revered heavy rock bands of the past two decades. Garcia’s vocals have lost none of their power. Meanwhile, main riff writers Bjork and Fevery lock into a tight groove. Bjork’s drumming is as sharp and on-point as ever, while new guy Fevery delivers inspired gusts of hot fuzz and freaked-out solos. Bass duties on the album were shared between former Kyuss bassist Nick Oliveri, who features on the majority of tracks, recent live fill-in Mike Dean (Corrosion of Conformity), who played on one track, and multi-instrumentalist Bjork, who picked up the slack on a couple of songs.