Green­leaf

Hear The Rivers NAPALM Caught by the fuzz.

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff Albums - essi bere­lian

It’s all about the groove for Swe­den’s Green­leaf – that and the beards, ob­vi­ously. They’ve come a long way from their ori­gins as a side project nearly 20 years ago, the past three hav­ing reg­u­larly de­liv­ered al­bums build­ing in­ex­orably to this tow­er­ing stoner be­he­moth, the fol­low-up to 2016’s Rise Above The Meadow.

Ev­ery­thing about it is im­mense, from the thun­der­ing drums and dis­torted bass tat­too that pro­pels opener Let It Out! to the boul­der-sized riffs of High Fever and The River’s Lul­laby. Arvid Häl­lagård’s Chris Goss-style croon is all smooth silk­i­ness, in con­trast to Tommi Ho­lappa’s filthy, fuzzed-up gui­tar grooves, a dou­ble act that hits pay dirt time and again, most dev­as­tat­ingly on the de­mon gospel chain-gang blues of Good Ol’ Goat, which ar­rives on a sweet and bil­low­ing cloud of reefer and ba­si­cally steals the show in the first half.

Quite sim­ply ex­tra­or­di­nary.

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