SOMALI YACHT CLUB ‘The Sun’ album review – 8/10!

Great SOMALI YACHT CLUB album review at ExtremeUndergroundMusic, thanks to John!

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Somali Yacht Club are a band from Ukraine that plays a mixture of psychedelic, shoegaze, stoner rock and post metal and this is a review of their 2016 album “The Sun” which was released by Kozmik Artifactz.

A very atmospheric shoegaze sound starts off the album and after a few seconds melodic singing and clean playing are added onto the recording and after a minute the music gets heavier and goes into more of a stoner rock direction along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them.

Melodies can be heard quite a bit in the guitar riffing and the music also brings in a great amount of post metal elements and when guitar solos and leads are utilized they bring in a touch of 90’s alternative rock and a great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length and also mixes in a great amount of psychedelic sounds and one track adds in a touch of reggae and the whole album also sticks to a very slow musical direction.

Somali Yacht Club plays a musical style that takes psychedelic, shoegaze, stoner rock and post metal to create a musical style of their own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark themes.

In my opinion Somali Yacht Club are a very great sounding mixture of psychedelic, shoegaze, stoner rock and post metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE “Loom” and “The Sun”. 8 out of 10. (http://undergroundmusickzine.blogspot.de/2016/04/somali-yacht-clubthe-sunkozmik.html)

You can order your copy here.

 

GIN LADY ‘Call the nation’ album review at Desert-rock.com!

Great GIN LADY album review – thanks to Laurent:

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Un peu de légèreté et de subtilité musicale, c’est ce que Gin Lady entend nous offrir. Ce nouvel album du nom de Call The Nation se pose ainsi comme un accomplissement qui respire la bonne humeur et l’énergie. Alors en route pour un peu de peps et de Rock’n’roll.

Porté par une très bonne production, cet opus s’insère dans la tradition musicale du Rock seventies psychédélique avec une prestance mélodique plus contemporaine. Car propulsé par des influences à la Cream ou The Masters Apprentices, le groupe s’engage aussi vers des sonorités relativement proches de Eagles of Death Metal ou The Raconteurs. Il suffit de se mettre des morceaux comme « Down Memory Lane » ou « Mexico Avenue » pour saisir tout le charme et l’âme de l’album.

Plus concrètement, l’ensemble de la bande évolue globalement bien à travers sept morceaux d’une grande efficacité. Mais ici, pas question de pousser le gain à fond : on se pose tranquillement dans son fauteuil et on savoure la simplicité et la « non violence » sonore. Du coup, ça groove à mort côté basse-batterie et les guitares se la jouent Californie ensoleillée, voire désert du Nevada. Néanmoins, cela n’empêche pas Gin Lady de pousser les cordes vocales vers un mélange de puissance et de sensualité qui respire la sueur des douces soirées d’été. « Heavy Burden » et « Country Landslide » sont là pour vous le prouver. Puis il serait dommage de ne pas remuer un peu la tête avec « Ain’t No Use », « I Can’t Change » et l’éponyme « Call The Nation », prouvant ainsi toute la maîtrise de l’ambiance psychédélique du groupe.

Vous l’aurez compris, si vous êtes amateurs de gros riffs et de grosses lenteurs rythmiques, passez votre chemin. Par contre, si vous cherchez un peu de soleil ou si la journée a été mauvaise, ça sera l’album parfait pour retrouver le sourire et profiter un peu de la vie. Call the Nation ne déroge donc pas à la règle en s’insérant parfaitement dans la discographie des Suédois. Ils sauront ainsi ravir les amoureux du vintage et les fanatiques du Rock à l’état pur. (http://desert-rock.com/dr/chrocd/gin-lady-call-the-nation.html)

The album is available here.

Great HAIR OF THE DOG album review at The Burning Beard!!

Huge thanks to Gabriel at The Burning Beard for his cool HAIR OF THE DOG album review:

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Retro rock is a busy genre. In this age of smartphones and social media there’s something hugely appealing about a set of good old-fashioned rock songs and, despite occupying a genre bustling with worthwhile groups, Hair Of The Dog stand out. The Scottish trio’s self-titled debut is a collection of songs that really can’t be argued with; memorable riffs, powerful vocals and a quality rhythm section give this set of seven songs a real sense of quality.
At times there’s a hint of late ’70s proto-metal in Hair Of The Dog’s sound, but for the most part, they bring to mind the pioneering early ’70s heavy blues rock work of groups like The Groundhogs. The band play with aptitude and energy throughout; the impassioned energy of “Empty As The Wind” is proof enough of that. “That Night” earns its distinction as one of the album’s best songs through a compelling riff and memorable chorus. It’s not all cult early ’70s heavy rock though; the strutting groove of “Concrete Waves” invokes AC/DC’s classic “Rock ‘n’ Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution”.
Hair Of The Dog’s debut album is not one that will stagger with never-before-heard sounds but, far more importantly, it is one that manages to be an excellent listen through virtue of quality songwriting, good musicianship and rock solid execution. What Hair Of The Dog do, they do very well – and anyone who digs quality heavy rock should check this out pronto.
~ Martin

For fans of; Golden Earring, Groundhogs, Nazareth, Uriah Heap, Budgie (http://www.theburningbeard.com/2016/03/out-in-glen.html)

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