Premonition 13 is a thunderous return for doom legend Scott “Wino” Weinrich of Saint Vitus, the Obsessed, and Spirit Caravan fame. Plugging back into his amp following recent acoustic efforts, Weinrich leads the charge of this power trio, which includes Jim Karow and Matthew Clark. 13 is somewhere between Spirit Caravan’s tight, straightforward fuzz and the psychedelic melodies that defined his work on the Hidden Hand. The album opens with “B.E.A.U.T.Y.,” setting the stage with a slow build of delays that is more space rock than head-crushing doom. This is a thread Weinrich masterfully weaves throughout the record in harmony with his usual balls-to-the-wall motherfuckery.
Wino’s patented Sabbathian riffs take center stage on tracks like “Modern Man” and “Clay Pigeons” (a personal favorite), the latter of which screams Black Sabbath Vol. 4 and is guaranteed to make your head bang. “Peyote Road” and “Senses” further open up the record and cement the band’s psychedelic exploration. Weinrich isn’t reinventing the wheel here, just driving it down the desert road and stopping at the naked Indian guy’s house for peyote. 13 reminds me of the time I smoked a J while racing to Vegas during a freak thunderstorm followed by twenty minutes of blossoming flowers. This is a must for any of the Wino faithful and will fit in nicely with the rest of his back catalog.
(Premonition 13 will perform Thur., June 23, at Three Clubs; Sat., June 25, at Oak Canyon Ranch; and Sun., June 26, with Sleep at the Wiltern!)