Hear The Rivers NAPALM Caught by the fuzz.
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.