June 21, 2011 - Volcom
Listening to Premonition 13's debut album, 13, without knowing about Scott “Wino” Weinrich’s career trajectory is kinda like trying to find your way through a hot-boxed house of mirrors; it's confusing, odd and unrelenting. Wino is a living legend in the stoner/doom-metal circuit, having fronted such legendary heshers as Saint Vitus, the Obsessed and, more recently, Spirit Caravan and the Hidden Hand. The difference between Premonition 13 and all of those previous Wino acts is fairly minor, and perhaps even indistinguishable to anyone who isn’t an utter expert. (It's like identifying subtly different blends of weed; there's a little extra kick here, and a bit more psych there.) Some other longhair named Jim “Sparky” Karow sings on a couple of tracks. Meanwhile, the punchy “Hard To Say” and the lead-off “B.E.A.U.T.Y.” (all nine minutes of it) are classic Wino, guitar solos flailing and dope-soaked vocals coasting along in a soothing awkwardness. Then “La Hechicera De La Jeringa” blasts through the hidden doorway with an Tony Iommi-worthy riff, an occurrence that has become the norm for all of Wino’s bands. It’s impossible not to throw up the horns, bang the head and get caught up in the heavenly haze of 13.