Review : PREMONITION 13 – "13"

Premonition 1313
Release: 2011Jun21 (US)
Label: Volcom Entertainment
Rating: 3/5

Wino only appeared in passing as I grew up—limited to Bullring Brummies, really—though I’ve thoroughly loved his late-career TKO of Punctuated Equilibrium, Adrift, and the superb Shrinebuilder debut. The man hits 50 this year, and still has the chutzpah to churn out quality music. Itself an achievement, yes, but I felt something would not fully resonate with me, and that something is Premonition 13.

If you liked Wino’s politically-charged side, like The Hidden Hand, then Premonition 13 may suit you, however it is more subdued. P13 is most effective in “Clay Pigeons” with lyrics like “Weld more shackles / Into the rail cars / You know there’s more resistance / Than we planned for” but I found lead track “B.E.A.U.T.Y.” stretched too long through its nine minutes. The ideas are less unified and it ambles across three movements; while an ambitious start, it’s also a confusing one. “Hard to Say” and “Senses” feel like sibling songs, subject-wise (despite the former being a Lethal Intent cover), but are much different in terms of tempo. They’re children of the powerful centerpiece: “La Hechicera de la Jeringa” (“The Sorceress of the Syringe”), which is still a long track, and better by its separate intro, with shorter overall length compared to “B.E.A.U.T.Y.” …the sick doom riffage doesn’t hurt, either.

If reading this makes you think 13 sounds heavy-handed, it’s not. Especially when you head down the last third of the album to party with “Deranged Rock N’ Roller” and “Modern Man”. There’s a loose bluesy vibe and more playful lyrics from Weinrich and longtime collaborator, Jim Karow. They’d get together and rock over the years, and have never released music together until Premonition 13 materialized. I’m reluctant to assume too much about this combo, because as I discussed with Wino himself, he does work out tunes that are decades old. However, something is lacking here. Chances are, just a little development could turn these dudes into a true force. But think: between solo albums, the resurrection of St. Vitus, The Obsessed reuniting for Roadburn 2012, and potentially more Shrinebuilder, is Premonition 13 worth the extra time?

Try: 3, 6, 7, 9

01. B.E.A.U.T.Y.
02. Hard To Say
03. Clay Pigeons
04. Senses
05. La Hechicera De La Jeringa (Prelude)
06. La Hechicera De La Jeringa
07. Deranged Rock N’ Roller
08. Modern Man
09. Peyote Road



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