WOLF­MOTHER

VIC­TO­RI­OUS (UNI­VER­SAL)

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews - BY

1THE LOVE THAT YOU GIVE

Gui­tars! Drums! A chance to play ‘spot the Led Zep­pelin riff’! Yes, it’s a fourth al­bum from Aussie rock­ers Wolf­mother.yeah, itõs a 40-year-old for­mula, but this an­gry bull of an opener is still an ab­so­lute rip­per.

2VICTORIOUS

If fiery ex­pul­sions of clas­sic rock and metal are what tickle your fancy, the ti­tle-track will singe your eye­brows. It’s got spac­etas­tic lyrics and video, too.

3BARONESS

This tale of love be­tween a peas­ant and a posh lady crawls around on its belly amid tribal drums and fuzzy gui­tars, be­fore hit­ting a mem­o­rable cho­rus.

4PRETTY PEGGY

Ôcan I have you just for one dance?’ purrs front­man An­drew Stock­dale in this ro­man­tic acous­tic shuf­fle, tai­lor-made for Valen­tineõs Day. A groovily wel­come change of pace.

5CITY LIGHTS

Af­ter that sul­try di­ver­sion, itõs back to the busi­ness of heavy rock, and busi­ness isé about av­er­age on this bit of bar-rock filler.

56%

Led Zep­pelin

6THE SIM­PLE LIFE

Noth­ing av­er­age here. It’s like AC/DC got hold of Sab­bathõs bag of riffs and sped them up. Add per­haps the al­bumõs best hook, and youõve got a nugget of retro-rock gold.

7BEST OF A BAD SIT­U­A­TION

An­drew pretty much is Wolf­mother th­ese days, and he plays ev­ery­thing on Vic­to­ri­ous ex­cept the drums. This oneõs what your gran would call ‘a proper tune’.

8GYPSY CAR­A­VAN

‘ Wonõt you take me to the gypsy car­a­van? Õ An­drewõs clearly lost the keys to his ho­tel room and is get­ting des­per­ate for some­where to stay tonight.

9HAPPY FACE

Wolf­mother aban­don any pre­tence of orig­i­nal­ity here, but the mes­meric cho­rus adds a dream­like psy­che­delic sheen.

10 EYE OF THE BE­HOLDER

An­drewõs voice hits such highs in this grand fi­nale that Bri­tish as­tro­naut Tim Peake can prob­a­bly hear it in space. It’s a fine end to an al­bum thatõs eas­ily good enough to keep Wolf­mother in or­bit.

18%

Gui­tar so­los

SO, THIS NEW AN­THRAX AL­BUM’S BEEN A WHILE. WHY NOW? “Be­cause the time felt right. It’s weird, but we can just kind of tell when it’s time to make an­other record. Me, I can kind of feel the songs com­ing to­gether and then it’s just time to go. It’s a very o

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