Release Date: Jan 20, 2009
Record label: Southern Lord
Genre(s): Rock, Metal
With more bands and releases under his belt than can be counted, Wino's full solo debut feels less like a striking new step forward and more a consolidation of where he's been, a happy worship of the kind of sound, songwriting, and sheer power served up with a smile that's also a bit of a leer. After all, who would expect otherwise? Leading a power trio lineup with unsurprisingly solid production by J. Robbins, Wino aims to combine vocal and guitar swagger with psychosis in equal measure on Punctuated Equilibrium -- the mark of someone who knows that one of the best things to do with electric guitars is to figure out how to stun the listener and make them queasy at the same time.
Prior to investing much, if any money in Punctuated Equilibrium, one should self-assess a number of factors: affinity for guitar solos; tolerance level for wah pedal in aforementioned guitar solos; likelihood of blissful spacing-out to three- to six-and-a-half-minute guitar solos with wah pedal. If these check out on all accounts, well… one should still proceed with caution. Scott “Wino” Weinrich holds legendary status in the world of metal, as the former leader of classic doom bands the Obsessed, St.