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5.0 out of 5 stars A great Rock album, 22 Mar 2014
I have had the pleasure of seeing this band perform live three times now and can only describe them as a great band. After buying this album I really hope this band take off and become bigger, there songs rock hard, great music and fantastic lyrics. They seem tight as a band and it shows throughout this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great mature rock music., 1 Mar 2013
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This review is from: A Lack Of Oxygen : Tales Of Crashing Satellites (MP3 Download)
A superb second album by a great rock group. Brilliant guitars from John and Dave and driving controlled drumming from Matt. The singer and writer, Jon Maycock uses his voice to great effect for different moods. One Last Line is moving and controlled at the same time. Truly good music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars super charged fuzz magic, from gallactic bowls of doom, 28 Feb 2013
This review is from: A Lack Of Oxygen : Tales Of Crashing Satellites (MP3 Download)
The boys kick through the pelthic floor of true northern stoner vibes, crackin riffs, bass master tones, thumping tribal beats and molotov vocalising with passion and cries for disorder and classless rock n roll... Keep it coming bothers!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You have not lived unless you have heard this!, 28 Feb 2013
This review is from: A Lack Of Oxygen : Tales Of Crashing Satellites (MP3 Download)
I was fortunate enough to stumble across Goat Leaf in the bleak summer of 2012 in Rotherham, by accident! Thank the day that happened,as I've done everything I can to make sure I get every chance to see them again. The band have an electric quality about them, the kind that makes you tingle and hair stand on end ( cliches, yes, but true!) Goat Leaf make you want to salute South Yorkshire in away you never dreamed possible! Words cannot really describe, absolutely brilliant, see them live if you can! I love the passion and dedication of this band, this is raw, unaldulterated music at it's best. You want a good night out? Go see Goat Leaf. You want a good night in? Buy the MP3, baby!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Earthey fuzz bomb!, 11 Feb 2013
This album LOOKS great. The artwork reflects the earthey and retro influences which create Goat Leaf's sound on this album.
But don't be thinking this is going to be another Sabbath-esque stonerfest. The opening track has a certain swagger and sleazey refrain with swooping solos and riffs which cut and groove without any apologies... Moot Point thunders through at a biting pace, see also the feedback ridden Wolf Bag for the same result. Love Under Will and Truth Be Told venture into almost Danzig territory, brooding songs of misanthropy and fatalism. One Last Line delivers a slow building love song to either an abusive relationship or hard drugs. Or maybe something totally different.
These guys are tight. But loose. They SOUND just as good as their artwork suggests...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get Your Rock Out - Review, 6 Feb 2013
Goat Leaf's sophomore album, A Lack of Oxygen-Tales of Crashing Satellites, is one hell of a sleazy album. The sound combines "punk rock attitude with a deep blue psychedelic overtone", delivering a truly impressive tone. The album, following their 2011 debutColorscene, is perfectly pitched between passion and precision.

The technical performances on the album are very impressive, David Main's bass work particularly stands out as he delivers consistently brilliant rhythms to underline the rest of the band's playing while also having the skill to stand out as an individual in the mix. On top of the skill found in the instrumentalists' playing is the superb polish of Jonny Maycock's vocals. The singer's delivery manages to brilliantly balance between the refinement of a studio recording and the grit of a live performance. This is emblematic of the band's performance on the album as, throughout, the music manages to maintain all the skill and elegance of studio experience while also capturing the raw energy and power of the live performances that Goat Leaf are quickly establishing themselves with. Maycock's voice has all the hallmarks of great blues/pub rock, it's not hard to draw similarities with acts such Blood Red Shoes or the White Stripes, but this is supported by an instrumental sound that is closer in tone to Queens of the Stone Age, thus providing a diverse full band sound that manages to display a truly fresh talent in a way that, though comparable to other bands, is never tired or done before.

Opening track `A Lack of Oxygen' stands out with its "big balls heavy rock swagger" that sets the tone for the rest of the album, in its prominent display of the individual talents of each band member while presenting a uniquely impressive sound to the listener. Yet it is `Wolf Bag' that really impresses. The instrumental work on the track is simply fantastic. The bass rhythms, conjoined with the guitar work for the most part, relentlessly drive the track forward while the drums, played by Mat Washington, lay down an equally frenetic beat to pound the song into the mind of the listener. Over all of this, John Hodgson's guitar work displays a truly psychedelic performance as the guitar flows throughout the track from a driving riff linked with the bass to a solo that is almost ethereal and very much reminiscent of the strange realms the Queens of the Stone Age go to.

Overall, Goat Leaf's new album presents a truly enjoyable listening experience, clocking in at just under 45 minutes. A fresh talent that manages to encompass all the skill of the studio and all the passion of live performance, Goat Leaf have delivered an album that showcases a fresh talent very much going places with several tricks up their sleeves. What impressed me most was the display of each and every band member to their full ability. There is no preference in the mix, each band member gets their time in the spotlight and manages to prove that each and every one of them has more than earned their place in the band and have the talent to carry Goat Leaf to the places it deserves to go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars UBER ROCK REVIEW, 29 Jan 2013
It's second album time for the eight legged rock `n' roll groove machine, that is South Yorkshire's Goat Leaf, and immediately I'm wondering just how exactly do they follow a debut as outstanding as `Colourscene'? Do the guys simply do more of the same and see if the rolling stoner ball of fury they unleash gathers more people moss in the process or do they go out on a limb and go do a Diamond Head (a la 'Canterbury') on us all for the sake of mainstream appeal?

Well as the album's lead cut `A Lack Of Oxygen' blasts out from my speakers I'm pleased to say that initially it looks like Jonny Maycock (vocals), Mat Washington (percussion), David A Main (bass) and John Hodgson (guitar) collectively have enough sense to stay in the former camp. Having finally witnessed the band live back in the summer of 2012 (something that really does have to be experienced by everyone in the Überverse before they shuffle off this mortal coil) this track is the perfect introduction to a band who not so much embrace the stoner genre as reshape the whole bloody thing into something very much their own. It's loose heavy and groovy as f..k, but most importantly it more than simply a reinterpretation of what Sabbath or Zeppelin did so well many decades before. Nah, this is more than just reinterpretation it's musical reinvention on a grand scale.

Okay granted there may be josh stick scented wafts of bands such as Graveyard and Priestess swirling around within the fabric of tracks such as `Moot Point' and `Wolfbag' but when you've got Steve Ellis once again back behind the desk in charge of sonic manipulation and Jaime Gomez Arellano (renowned for Ghost's `Opus Eponymous')doing the mix you know this album is never in a million years going to be record full of auto tuned techno metal. In fact on first listen the organic nature of the curiously monikered `A Lack of Oxygen - Tales of Crashing Satellites' is so natural and earthy that you do have to wonder if the lads like to experiment a little bit with certain substances in the pursuit of songwriting perfection, and that more than chemical enhanced Madchester vibe I had picked up on when I caught them live is never more so prevalent than during `The Truth Be Told', a track that sounds like it had just been wrote for luck.

So with all these extra influences seeping into Goat Leaf's (not so) difficult second album it is on the echo drenched blues rock work out `One Last Line' where the guys do finally edge towards "doing a Diamond Head", as the quartet gently ease themselves into previously uncharted musical territories with the minimum amount of fuss. But for those of you thinking Goat Leaf might have suddenly got aspirations for being something they most certainly are not then check out the frenzied almost punk rock intensity of the album's anthemic midway point `Ain't Got Time To Bleed', which with it's infectious "I Dream Of You In Black And White" refrain enters your head in a way that only an early Abel Ferrara movie would ever have previously dared to. Likewise `Herr H Atom' and `Bar Witness' are tracks so expansive and colossal that they have to be captured in audio widescreen, the band sounding capacious, corpulent and totally compelling.

Seriously folks if Goat Leaf have achieved anything with `A Lack of Oxygen - Tales of Crashing Satellites' then it is that they have produced ten tracks of aesthetically significant rock music in an age of ever growing musical mediocrity - and as you know that's what Uber Rock is here to fight, right?

So you know what to do next right? Get out there and buy yourself a copy of `A Lack of Oxygen - Tales of Crashing Satellites' when it is released on January 28th 2013, it's going to bring lightning to our nations, just when we need it most.
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