In case you haven't realized yet, there has been a huge '90s stoner/hard rock revival over the past few years, particularly in the United Kingdom. Some bands got closer to its rougher side (such as Widows), others preferred a more modern sound (as in the case of OHHMS), and others still inspired by straight-up debauchery (did we say Goblin King?). Well, Sheffield-based Regulus clearly belong to this huge wave, in the most faithful manner: on the cover we can see the desert, perhaps a mirage as well, a somewhat alien environment with the quadralith from the title in the background.
"Quadralith" is the quartet's second album, published three years after the previous (self-released) "Smoke", and also the first with the new bassist Martyn Lucas-Bewick in the line-up. Musically speaking, this record is exactly what you expect: kickass riffing ("Last Chance To Die Young"), great leads ("Dominion"), rough vocals ("Heart Of Stone"), the desert and a very psych atmosphere ("Seven Tales Told"). There's no point in making a list of all the major influences on Regulus' music, which are clearly referenced throughout the whole "Quadralith", and with good musicianship.
Perhaps, this might be the main issue here: this is quite a competent genre record, which seems to fall a bit short in terms of conveying something highly personal, something that could take it ahead of the pack. Regulus clearly know what they're doing and are extremely at ease in the stoner world, even taking some solid steps forward from their previous album; nevertheless, there is still room for improvement and for them to try and take up a more solid seat in the scene.
Since the release of "Quadralith", Regulus have also risen a few slots in the bills of festivals, often also together with their friends Widows, up to the great accomplishment at HRH Doom vs Stoner (featuring headliners such as My Dying Bride, Orange Goblin, and Saint Vitus). We are very curious to see what the British quartet will be able to reap in the stoner world.