Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hair of the Dog - (2015) The Siren's Song

Hair of the Dog are a power trio from Edinburgh, Scotland. Sharing a love for classic rock bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors to name but a few, Hair of the Dog have forged a sound that is both contemporary and classic.

So, this is my second post in a row highlighting a release from Kozmik Artifactz, a label that seems to be on fire this year. Coming up with some great bands, and adding them to its already pretty incredible roster. This time it's from the Scottish band Hair of the Dog. These guys have been somewhat labeled as a retro 70's band after their first release last year, the self-titled effort (available here). I can hear where the tag is coming from, but there is a lot more than just some retro riffs and the "I've heard it all before" vibe of the genre. There's plenty of fuzz, psychedelic breakdowns and lyrics that deal with things that almost anyone can related to. But there's an old school 80's metal vibe on a couple of the tracks... just below the surface. With double bass drumming and galloping grooves that seem fresh. Keeping you absorbed and interested in what's going on, and curious as to what's in store next.

To me, the band really shines when they lighten up a bit, and give the listener time to chill out. Tracks like "Weary Bones" and the last two tracks (which is really one song split into two), also the title track of the album. The Siren's Song Pt.1 and Pt.2. They really seem to grab my attention, and have a build and release that comes with clever songwriting and competent musical talent. However, I think "The Sirens Song" is best when listened to in its entirety, just like all great albums should be. The Siren's Song will be available to buy on CD/DD from Kozmik Artifactz on July 10th 2015. Highly Recommended. -AW

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Grusom - (2015) Grusom

With dark and gloomy lyrics, GRUSOM creates an honest and unpolished universe, that questions life and death through authentic stories and malicious tales.

It didn't take too long for Denmark's Grusom to stir up the musical pot. After releasing their do-it-yourself demo last year (available here), I had a good feeling we would be hearing more from the band. Kozmik Artifactz dove in and signed them, and will be releasing the album on vinyl soon. 

Taking ques from late 60's/early 70's psychedelic rock and adding some modern mojo is what conjures up the nine tracks on the album. Niclaj Hoffmann's soulful vocal swagger has a real Morrison meets Danzig quality to it, that just seems to work well over the thick organ passages, dark lyrical content and groovin' tasty guitar lines.

With retro-rock being somewhat hot right now, I think Grusom could be the next big thing, if enough ears are put on them. Catchy without being cheesy. Great album to just sit back, drink a beer or two and relax with. I enjoyed this alot.   -AW

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Godsleep - (2014) Thousand Sons of Sleep

Godsleep is a heavy rock band formed in Athens, Greece, in 2010. The same year, the band released a promo album with four tracks, one of which was included in the list with the best rock by the Californian music label “272 Records”. Godsleep, characterized as one of the most promising bands of the heavy/psychedelic rock sound, participated in high profile festivals in Europe: in 2012, the band opened the Freak Valley Festival (Germany), followed by στο Aquamaria and Yellowstock festivals in 2013.

Godsleep have so far shared the stage with many international bands such as Nightstalker, Talbot, Colour Haze, My Sleeping Karma, Lonely Kamel and Gentleman’s Pistols. Was also invited as support band for LA Otracina (USA) Kadavar (Germany) and Mars Red Sky (France).

After several live performances in Greece and in Europe, Godsleep are about to release their first full-length album with seven tracks, entitled ‘Thousand Sons of Sleep’, which will be released on vinyl at the beginning of 2015. 

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