Qilin (Petrichor)

Crank this to 8.5 of 11

Released: 2020

Genre: Stoner Rock, Instrumental

Sounds Like: Karma to Burn, Yuri Gagarin, Monkey3


Over the past few years, we have reduced our intake and reviews of instrumental stoner bands. The reduction in instrumental intake primarily revolves around the fact that after hitting a few upper echelon bands (e.g. Mother Engine) it became difficult to strike our fancy. Well in comes Qilin. Perhaps it was the album art color scheme or that first lick off of ‘Through The Fire,” but we got sucked in. Not so much for the band having a new dynamic direction or an intangible not seen in other acts, but rather the right place at the right time. A kayak trip nestled in the soothing reaches of the Charles River gave way to our first full listen of Petrichor. The four-piece instrumental act from France deliver a soothing steadiness that frankly helped spark our wanting to dive back into the vocally void venture. Petrichor is about as consistent as they come, with enough dynamic fuzz and precision fretwork to keep you engaged.

Track Listing:

1. Through The Fire (8:32)

2. Labyrinth (4:24)

3. Cold Pine Highway (6:10)

4. Sun Strokes The Wall (7:11)

5. Myrmidon’s Big Jam (10:38)

6. Head of Medusa (10:47)

Standout Track:

"Cold Pine Highway" deliver’s the richest grinding undercurrents of the lot. Such a perfect track title that so fitting matches the forward mobility within this track. The track adds a bit more flare on the percussion side and infuses quite the dynamic contrast. It is grinding forward movement at its finest with splashes of some incredible wah pedal work.

Adult Beverage Pairing:

Transalpine Beer brewed in collaboration with Bevog Brewery, iconic Austrian brewery. From this collaboration was born Transalpine, a season-style beer at 6.8% ABV and generously hopped with an avalanche of flavors with powerful notes of white wine, grapefruit and gooseberry. Its beautiful apricot yellow color hides the spicy and rustic flavors typical of a Saison yeast. This dry and very fruity beer will sit perfectly matched with the consistent stoner spiralness inherent within Qilin’s Petrichor.



Captivation and Variety

7.8 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy

7.9 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess

9.4 out of 11

Percussive Vision

8.7 out of 11


8.2 out of 11

Overall Album Flow

8.5out of 11


7.6 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics

9.0 out of 11

Production Value

8.6 out of 11


Band Members:

Benben Caillet- Bass

Mathieu Gilbert- Drums

Frederic Bonneau- Guitar

Thomas V.- Guitar

Final Thoughts:

Join us back into the fold of all things stoner instrumental. Thank-you Qilin for rejuvenating our interests. We appreciate the depth, care and attention provided within Petrichor. The French foursome have some nice instrumental chemistry that will keep your attention and flows wonderfully in one sitting.

Follow Qilin: Bandcamp / Facebook


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