Shotgun Valium
The Story o Frank Tranquill

01. Mr. Devil
02. Ritual
03. Baby Got Me Going
04. Starship Riders
05. Strong Man
06. Broken
07. Revolution
08. Angry Child
09. The Last Ride

Denny Wildenhain - guitars, lead vocals
Stan Wreck - bass, vocals
Paul Posse - drums, percussion

Shotgun Valium (2015)


Recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Jörg See at Performance Studios
Artwir and photography by Gert Lange

Released 2017-04-28
Reviewed 2017-04-18


daredevil records

The Story of Frank Tranquill told by German band Shotgun Valium is what is on my table today. It is the second album of the trio with the relaxed name and it certainly looks like the life story of a guy who could have had an interesting life. To be honest I didn’t pay much attention to the story and as the album didn’t come with a booklet that tells any of it so if they tell a story it is not overly obvious. While I have not been paying much attention to the story, I have been listening to the music and that strong stoner rock they have on offer.

It may not be the most unique album on offer here but it is well produced, well performed with strong vocals as well as decent variation. It has more or less what we can expect for an album of this genre, and at a good standard. More than that is hard to say about it really, it is stoner rock of the classic variable so if you think of a select stoner rock band of choice you have a decent indication of how this album sounds.

I think this can be described as a good album that offers more or less what could be expected from a stronger album of this genre and I think this is a stronger album of the genre. But it is not one of the absolute best and the fact that the album looses in quality towards the end, the first half of the album much better than the second half and that is something of a weakness even though the last track is fairly good. I wrote that the opening was best and the very opening is the real highlight of the album, the first track is the best one.

In the end I think this album is a good one, perhaps not an overly memorable one but fans of the stoner rock genre will like it as it presses all the right buttons for them. I would say it is a story for the stoner fans, for the rest of us I think there are more standout albums out there but that doesn’t mean you should not have a closer look what this good album has to offer.





Label: Daredevil Records
Three similar bands: Orange Goblin/Kyuss/Monster Magnet

Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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