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Album · 1994

Filed under Stoner Metal


1. Movement I (17:43)

I. Gardenia
II. Asteroid
III. Supa Scoopa And Mighty Scoop

2. Movement II (14:41)

I. 100°
II. Space Cadet
III. Demon Cleaner

3. Movement III (19:17)

I. Odyssey
II. Conan Troutman
IV. Whitewater

4. Lick Doo (hidden track) (0:57)

Total Time 51:54


- John Garcia / Vocals
- Brant Bjork / Drums
- Josh Homme / Guitars
- Scott Reeder / Bass

- Mario Lalli / guitar (track 9)

About this release

Released by Elektra Records. Issued with individual single format as well with the following tracklist:

1. Gardenia (6:50)
2. Asteroid (4:50)
3. Supa Scoopa And Mighty Scoop (6:03)
4. 100° (2:29)
5. Space Cadet (7:02)
6. Demon Cleaner (5:19)
7. Odyssey (4:19)
8. Conan Troutman (2:12)
9. N.O. (3:48)
10. Whitewater (8:58)
11. Lick Doo (0:57)

Total Time 51:54

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WELCOME TO SKY VALLEY is the classic alternative doom metal album by frontman Josh Homme and crew where doomy stoner rock has never been so convincing that it's not Sabbath! Just when you think they might be straying too close they do something unexpected keeping this album fresh and free-flowing throughout its entire run. As with Josh's successor Queens Of The Stone Age, the subject matter often depicts the inland desert lifestyles of Palm Desert and vicinity and the road trips that occur when navigating throughout its vastness.

Traces of funk, Hendrix inspired psychedelic riffs and Iommi influenced lead guitars drenched in feedback and fuzz, swingin bass, hippie inspired drumming and even some excellent acoustic guitar work all tuned way down make this stoner metal more addictive than the drugs that may or may not have been used for its creation! The beauty of this album is it takes you where the grunge acts of the day would only hint at. It's no wonder this album is so revered. It's just that freakin' good!
Welcome to Sky Valley polishes and refines the approach of Blues For the Red Sun into a classic stoner doom album of monolithic, fuzzed-out riffs, tripped-out subject matter, groovy rhythms and just enough alternative metal influence to stop things sliding into outright Sabbath-worship. Injecting thick doses of doped-out toked-up psychedelia into the metal landscape to an extent not seen since... well, since their previous album, Kyuss have created an iconic piece of art which captures perfectly the lonely desert landscapes depicted on the front cover. Any exploration of stoner doom would be well advised to start out in Sky Valley, because in this subgenre all roads lead back here.
Welcome To Sky Valley by Kyuss is an absolutely classic record, beyond influential and a cornerstone of the entire genre.

Kyuss expanded their vision on this 1994 release and added acoustic moments and quitter sections into their trademark virtuosic, 70s tinged desert/stoner style. The riffs buzz happily in a warm way, beside John Garcia’s enjoyable vocal style.

Sky Valley is an utterly consistent album from beginning to end, there are no weak tracks and every song is essential listening for fans, from the rocking opener ‘Gardenia,’ to the impressive closer ‘Whitewater.’

Standout tracks include ‘Supa Scoop and Mighty Soop,’ and ‘Demon Cleaner,’ which are two of the best tracks the band have ever written, although the entire album is thoroughly enjoyable.

Overall, Sky Valley is a brilliant record, with great sound, musicianship and songs. It is justifiably considered one of the best albums in the genre and I highly recommend that you try it out if you haven’t already.
Spirit of the Desert

Queens Of the Stone Age's guitarist, Josh Homme, once had a better, today a bit underrated band. Kyuss, known as stoner metal pioneers, are still unrivalled in their domain. WELCOME TO SKY VALLEY was their fourth opus and after 17 years it is still intriguing and sounds fresh. Hypnotizing and psychedelic atmosphere of sunny flatlands mixed with hard rock feel and downtuned guitar heaviness resulted in the album that became an inspiration to many modern stoner and post metal bands. If you haven't listened to it yet, it's high time you do it. Beware though, since the Spirit of the desert never sleeps.

Everything here - thick and muffled sound of downtuned guitars, groovy drumming, hypnotizing hard rock vocals - is aimed at creating a spiritual atmosphere of the region, title Sky Valley. Love to this place manifested not only in the recording - Kyuss played illegal gigs in the desert, with people all around, reveling in music and headbanging. If it weren't for the fact that some songs are too simple, both in terms of ambiance and structure, I would gladly rate it with 5 stars. There are moments of such a visionariness("Demon Cleaner"), beauty("Whitewater") and power("Supa Scoopa..."), that listening to this album is always inspiring.

Highly recommended to fans of Tool, (early)Queens of the Stone Age, Monster Magnet, Led Zeppelin.

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