"In 1969 Randy Holden parted ways with Blue Cheer, and by 1970 had recorded and released his debut solo album, the magnum opus Population II. Sadly, the album received very poor distribution at the time, but those who did hear loved it, and it became a cult classic. Julian Cope even sings its praises. It is regarded by many to be the first ‘doom metal’ album and upon listening to it in 2020, that is a very deserving title.From the time of its release, it has been a very difficult album to find and is quite rare. Finally, after 50 years, Population II is available again and sounding better than ever. The guitar work is outstanding and the star of the show, but a great deal of credit must go to drummer Christopher Lockheed who matches Holden for intensity. And for the record, it is just the dynamic duo on this album."