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If you are like me and you believe that first impressions last forever then you will immediately be smiling when picking up a copy of this debut album from UK stoner quartet Goat Leaf. Everything about this nine track disc exudes pure class, from the Frank Kozik influenced cover art to the earth shattering riffs that make up the band's sound it all reinforces the fact that you have just purchased a winner of an album.
Speaking of Mr Kozik, after just a few listens I'm suddenly thinking 'Colorscene' would not have been out of place on his Man's Ruin label amongst the likes of Fu Manchu, Kyuss and Electric Wizard, it has that same sort of timeless quality that the aforementioned bands all seemed to nail to the post with their individual sounds.
'Colorscene' then was recorded in one week at Orion Studios back in September of 2010 and you can almost see the incense billowing out of the speakers as the opening riff of 'Monkey Chains & Rat Kings' explodes in front of your naked, steaming eyes, engineer Steve Ellis really has helped create an organic vibe here for sure. Think dry as a bone Black Sabbath riffs driving along on a punk rock attitude and you'll understand why in just one second under four minutes I'm already feeling mentally exhausted.
Thankfully for this old goat, the pace does drop for 'Epizoom' which has a strutting Sixties vibe not unlike primetime Burning Tree, and you can hear (yes hear) the valves glowing in guitarist John Hodgson's amp head by the end of this baby. Pure rock fury indeed. Read more ›
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