UBER ROCK REVIEW,
This review is from: Colorscene [Explicit] (MP3 Download)
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. This psyched out groove is also the driving force behind numbers such as 'Oceania' and the epic album closer 'Sweet Sorrow', the latter track also finally allowing me to pinpoint the only possible chink I can detect in Goat Leaf's otherwise wonderfully impenetrable musical armour, that being singer Jonny Maycock has an uncanny ability to, "from time to time", sound a hell of a lot like a certain vocalist from late Eighties rockers L.A. Guns. Something that certainly gives you, the listener, all sorts of musical juxtapositions to get your head around whilst the album unfolds. I mean the Alice In Chains inspired wah wah riffage of 'Eversky' may be epic in all its proportions but do you really expect Phil Lewis to be singing over it? This added dimension to Goat Leaf's sound however makes for some very interesting listening, and by the end of the aforementioned 'Eversky' and the album's brooding title track, I was actually starting to recall aspects of Geffen era Warrior Soul rather than the Hollywood Vampires themselves.
I guess the question to ask yourself whilst listening to Goat Leaf is does anyone in the U.K. sound anything like them right now? I think that perhaps to a man (or woman) you will all answer "No" to that one, as the band somehow manages to seamlessly bridge at least three musical genres whilst still end up sounding new and fresh (it must be that timeless quality I mentioned earlier kicking in). So if I were to recommend one Goat Leaf song to put my audacious claim to the test then it would be lucky album track number seven 'Sour Dust', a sonic fireball of a tune that would also make a perfect single for the band.
Look, whatever I think of this album it's ultimately up to you to make up your own minds about Goat Leaf and their rather unique sound, so check out their Myspace page below and get yourself a copy of 'Colorscene'. Remember first impressions count for everything.