There's something deeply satisfying about the raucous riffing of Pontiak on their new album Innocence. Opening with a wail, followed by pounding drums and heavy guitars it's a sudden and exciting opening to an album from a prolific, yet often overlooked band.

Pontiak is made up of three brothers who live in rural Virginia and, since 2005, have steadily been releasing albums - with Innocence being their tenth. Their emphasis has always been on honing their craft and their particular brand of hard psych-rock. One of the clear facts about Innocence is its authenticity. Recorded without the aid of computers, its songs evoke great monsters of the '70s in its heavier moments, and '90s stoner rock in its mellower, more melodic moments.

Innocence is an album that manages to balance these two styles incredibly well. 'Lack Lustre Rush's fuzzy guitars and squealing lead sits comfortably alongside the melodic head-swaying progression of 'It's The Greatest'. The latter track opening with an electric organ and building in intensity as guitars and heavier percussion are slowly introduced. After three tracks of aggressive riffs and almost primitive drumming, the slow-burn of 'It's The Greatest' is a welcome respite.

It's a pattern Pontiak follows throughout the album. The first three tracks are heavy head-bangers, the next three more restrained, utilising acoustic guitar and only sparingly adding in layers of distortion. That's then followed by quite possibly one of the best riffs on the entire album. A deep, growling psych-rock guitar that chugs along at an ear-pounding intensity during the verse and chorus on 'Surrounded by Diamonds'. You almost don't notice the vocals on the track, yet when you do you're treated to the Carney brother's harmonising, which adds a lightness to the dark instrumentation around them.

Part of this comes from the fact that the songs were sometimes constructed with vocal melodies as a starting point. It has allowed for them to strip their songs right back and produce gorgeous melancholic ballads like the penultimate track 'Darkness is Coming'. But most importantly it allows them to layer up the fuzz, feedback and ferociousness of their instruments in a way that, whilst tightly controlled, feels as raw as it gets.