TRIPPING HAZE CEREMONY Tripping Haze Ceremony CD
Tripping Haze Ceremony – ‘Tripping Haze Ceremony’ review: competent stoner metal debut that shows promise
On their debut full-length album, Selangor’s Tripping Haze Ceremony offer up a burning spliff to the stoner metal altar, delivering the sort of weighty, fuzzy crawl one might expect from a band whose initials unashamedly spell out “THC”. For their album, which follows a 2018 demo and a couple of digital-only singles, the three-piece combine re-recorded demo tracks with three new originals, plus a cover (more on that later).
As can often be the case with albums that combine old and new material, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. The first half, dominated by re-recorded demo tracks ‘Panhead Dreams’ and ‘Night of the Damned’ (as well as short intro ‘Sativa’s Trip’) is a bit uninspiring and generic. There’s nothing throughout the first half that makes Tripping Haze Ceremony stand out from the legions of other stoner bands—even the Malaysian ones—out there. It’s all a bit pedestrian, really.