Archive for the ‘Roadburn Recommended’ Category
Posted on Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Free, Humble Pie, Grand Funk Railroad, Cactus… all well respected and highly influential bands from the early ’70s heavy rock scene, but there’s another act who were just as important but never seemed to get the acclaim, and that was Leaf Hound.
Formed out of the ashes of Black Cat Bones (a band that originally featured eventual Free members Paul Kossoff & Simon Kirke, as well as Rod Price of Foghat), Leaf Hound released their debut album Growers of Mushroom in 1971, a precursor to much of the heavy blues rock / heavy metal / stoner rock that was to come, but quickly broke up and disappeared, seemingly forever.
Fast forward to 2004, where vocalist Peter French (who also spent time in Atomic Rooster and Cactus after Leaf Hound) reassembled the band with guitarist Luke Rayner, drummer Jimmy Rowland, and bassist Ed Pearson, which culminated in the very fine Unleashed record in 2007. In July of 2012, Leaf Hound made their way to FEVER, Shin-daita in Tokyo, Japan for a series of concerts, resulting in this super charged live DVD / CD set.
Peter Herbert has now taken over bass duties, and he joins French, Rayner, and Rowland for a set of Leaf Hound classics, some of the newer pieces, as well as select Cactus & Atomic Rooster songs.
On the DVD you get an 11 song set, and the band is in fine form, led by the still very capable vocals of French, who sounds like a man 20 years younger. Rayner is an excellent guitarist, well schooled in the blues as well as heavy rock, and he rips out plenty of crunchy riffs and sizzling solos on such stellar tracks as ‘Freelance Friend’, ‘Barricades’, ‘Stop, Look, and Listen’, ‘Work My Body’, and ‘Growers of Mushroom.’
Tags: Album of the day, Growers of Mushroom, Leaf Hound, Live in Japan 2012, Pete French, Pete Pardo, Ripple Music, Sea of Tranquility
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Posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Birthed in a not-at-all cosmic reality known as Columbus, Ohio, the four-piece space rock outfit EYE nonetheless execute their sound with classical majesty on their sophomore full-length, Second Sight. Their first outing, 2011′s Center of the Sun, was gorgeous enough to get the attention of […]
Posted on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Raw Power was released in 1973. Joe Cardamone, singer, songwriter and leader of The Icarus Line, wasn’t even born. His new album, Slave Vows, released 40 years after the Stooges’ masterpiece, brings the idea of Raw Power full circle. It’s fair to say he […]
Posted on Monday, December 9th, 2013
Praise for Kikagaku Moyo‘ S/T from Norman Records UK: Here’s some proper old school psychedelic rock from Japan’s Kikagaku Moyo. I had this and the new Seven That Spells LP to choose from – that one has a nude lady on the front, this one says “FUCK RACISM!” on the […]
Posted on Sunday, December 8th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: Yes, longstanding heavy metal label Nuclear Blast is certainly venturing forth even further into the whole retro-hard rock craze, as evident by their release of the debut album from Icelandic band The Vintage Caravan. Voyage is the work of a young band who have […]
Posted on Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Praise for Mammatus‘ Heady Mental from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Heavy Santa Cruz psychonauts Mammatus have always been big faves here at aQ. But good grief, has it really been six years since their previous platter The Coast Explodes?? Well we guess time flies (or, actually, doesn’t) when you’re way […]
Posted on Friday, December 6th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Examiner.com: Not many in the world of metal will recognize the name Kimi Karki. Hailing from Finland, Karki is a cultural historian, guitar player, and singer-songwriter who has worked with bands such as Uhrijuhla, Reverend Bizarre, and Lord Vicar. The genres Karki has delved into include doom, […]
Posted on Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Two years ago, Eidetic Seeing quietly released their first album to an unsuspecting (if somewhat jaded) public. Since then, many bands have come and gone, all laying claim to being the most authentically psychedelic of experiences. Not so Sean Forlenza’s superlative power trio – a […]
Posted on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: Atlantis is the solo recording and six-piece live project of Gilson Heitinga and his latest release Omens is a bleak, heavy affair with six tracks of varying length, all of them intense and engaging, and built on a solid foundation of riffs and a steady drum […]
Posted on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: It’s impressive what Russian Circles can do with a basic guitar, bass, and drum setup. There are plenty of metal-leaning instrumental bands who dial up big climaxes, but you’d be hard-pressed to find one that creates such an array of textures and emotions with so little. […]