Coachella Valley Weekly Review

Ogressa’s Warts and All by Jack St. Clair

Ogressa’s Warts and All contains the deep, low guitar riffs that have been a staple of Zach Huskey’s music for the better part of two decades in Dali’s Llama. The music would sound at home on any of that band’s releases, but perhaps the opportunity to play them with good friends from other bands proved too tempting to resist.

Ogressa’s lineup consists of desert rock veterans Trent Ramseyer (Whores of Tijuana) on vocals, Ian Dye (Ape Has Killed Ape) on drums, Mike Jacobson (Hot Beat Pussy Fiend) on bass, and Zach Huskey (Dali’s Llama) handling guitar and songwriting duties. Scott Reeder (Kyuss) guests on bass for three tracks, while Joe Dillon (Hot Beat Pussy Fiend, Dali’s Llama) guests on guitar for two.

Opening with a brief bit of quiet, clean guitar ramblings, the albums first track, “Give Me Some Space,” explodes with a heavy, hypnotic riff that sets the stage for Ramseyer’s ferocious vocal growl. Permeating throughout the record, it is early on in the album’s second track, “Mange,” where he utters the most memorable lyric, “Fuck your drama,” while the band thunders behind him.

“Snakehead” and “Lady Ogress” provide signature desert rock, with the latter slugging through to an explosive jam mid song. The acoustic folk of “Sonoran Debris” showcases a quieter side, while a cover of The Mutants’, “The Boss,” is an unexpected departure. “Cuts On My Scars” features the rhythm section raising the tempo behind tight guitars and “Animal Mask” provides Huskey with a platform for the blues-based guitar work that infused Dali’s Llama’s last release Howl Do You Do.

 It is nice to hear a collaboration between so many talented desert musicians who produce sounds that are exciting and captivating. This only adds to their already rich history of making music here in the desert. I look forward to seeing them live.

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Warts And All Review by Earcandy.

Desert rock musicians banding together for a project isn’t exactly a groundbreaking concept, yet the material left behind always seems to expose another layer or explore an overlooked path to further enlightens listeners. Such is the case with Ogressa and their 10-track affair WARTS AND ALL, a stoner rock smorgasbord of a release featuring musicians known both from the frontlines and behind the scenes such as Scott Reeder, Zach Huskey, and Trent Ramseyer. Ranging from sludgy and swampy with southern metal accents (“Mange”, “Cuts on My Scars”) to bounce-driven grooves (“The Boss”) to penchant acoustic dirges (“Sonoran Debris”), Ogressa captures every shade of the desert rock experience while shedding their own smoke-ridden and doom-laden aura over the proceedings, culminating in snarling and sinewy jams (“Animal Mask”) custom-made for the blacklight set to sink their claws into.

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Razorcake Review

“This is perhaps the most stoner rock-looking and -sounding record of all time. There is no way a person could look at or hear this band and have any doubt about what they were getting. Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover and be right. Heavy riffs and killer guitar tone, huge drums, great rock vocals—this is some great stoner rock. Riff rock. Desert rock. Whatever term you wanna use, Ogressa does it just right. Scott Reeder from Kyuss even turns up on a few tunes. This is just great and well done for anyone with a massive amount of Man’s Ruin Records. –Mike Frame ”

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Sonoran Debris


Warping Sun.. Ogressa’s Sonoran Debris on Youtube


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Psychotropic Zone Review

“Ogressa is a new band project by Dalis Llama guitarist Zach Huskey and they too have a nicely rough, dirty stoner/desert rock attitude but the music is somewhat heavier than Dalis Llama’s at times getting close to even doom. The other musicians are Trent Ramseyer (vocals, percussion), Ian Dye /drums, percussion, backing vocals), Mike Jacobson and Scott Reeder (Kyuss!) share the bass duties and a couple of tracks also feature guitarist Joe Dillon. They are all respected Californian musicians.”

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Ogressa On Soda Shop

OGRESSA will be played on this, no doubt turning the airwaves to cottage cheese.

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Concrete Web Review!

“When I first read about this side project of Dali’s Llama guitarist/vocalist Zach Huskey, which also feature spellbinding throat Trent Ramseyer (Whores of Tijuana), drummer Ian Dye (Ape Has Killed Ape) bassist Mike Jacobsen (Hot Beat Pussy Fiend) and guest stars Joe Dillon and Scott Reeder (Kyuss), I became rather anxious to hear the end result.”

RATED 95/100!

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Doommatia Review!

“The first thing that hits you when you press play on this animal is this is very different from Dali’s Llama. This is heavier, dirtier, more doom-laden and with a heavy southern rock twist and sabbathian grooves. Before I go any further, I have to mention the stunning artwork and packaging. I have posted the layout here just so you can see for yourself, this is a complete package. The artwork is incredible but wait, the music is also impressive. The album kicks off with the monster riff that drives ‘Give Me Some Space’ which is a track that sounds like mid 70′s Black Sabbath. It has a heavy, stomping groove but is nicely broken up with acoustic sections.”

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Hellride Music Review

Zach Huskey, the prolific guitarist/vocalist for the long-running, Palm Springs based riff artisans Dali’s Llama is back with a brand new project Ogressa. That’s not say the Llama has conquered its final dune; in fact I think the truth is very from that, but it seems he’s found a new outlet for his heavy music expressionism. Joining him in this newly founded quest is Whores of Tijuana drummer/now turned vocalist Trent Ramseyer, bassist Mike Jacobson, and drummer Ian Dye. There’s also some Scott Reeder action on 3 out of the 10 compositions on, Warts and All, so anyone who misses the heyday of the desert dwelling, 90s stoner rock grooves will be crackin’ a cold one in celebration of this release…I just hope you don’t mind A LOT of doom, and a little bit of southern rock added to the proceedings! You don’t mind do ya?

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The Ripple Effect Review

“Man, sometimes I really wish I could afford to pack up and move to the California desert. For almost 20 years, many of the bands who I love the most have come from that area, but I’ll never have the chance to see any of them play a live show where I’m at now. Who the hell comes to Nebraska? A lot of my favorite groups won’t, but sometimes their cd’s will.”


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