Paradise Rock Anthropologists On the Kon-Tiki Voyage

Canadian metal enthusiasts should at least be aware of this disc's existence, due to the guest appearances of Mike Plant of Sword fame and Away from Voivod pounding the skins throughout the entire album. But what the hell is Paradise? Some sort of independently released Polynesian pop art worship stoner rock, methinks, but once past the completely confusing and pretty great artwork you'll find straight-up hard-hitting rock’n’roll. Pretty MeteorCity-ish if anything, Paradise trash their way through nine songs in about half an hour on this brilliantly-titled disc. A nice beefy production and an ability to write adequate rock’n’roll make Paradise an enjoyable listen, but repeated visits aren't necessary. (Independent)