Wolfmother’s Heavy Rock reigning Victorious
There is no doubt that Victorious is a confident statement of intent form Wolfmother, the name is Victorious with a distinct celebratory feel that is woven into every vocal, guitar riff and rhythm thrashed out over the ten tracks. Produced by Brendan O’Brien, Victorious is arguably Wolfmother’s best work to date with Sabbath-esque grooves throughout and energy reminiscent of their Grammy Award-winning debut.
Victorious is full of granite hard riffs. Like granite Wolfmother has flecked the rock with sparkles, textures, plus a range of tonal colours and shades many of which will surprise you. Victorous is ten tracks, encapsulating rock that will shout and scream at you then three minutes later a quirky acoustic then a ramp up of a tempo. Victorious is truly a mix of rock nothing is thrashed out every note and nuance has been considered.
Opening with a huge guitar riff and grinding beat and then Andrew Stockdale’s vocals! That You Love Me. This is a standard rock number that ebbs and flows as the guitar kicks in combined with dramatic and catchy chords. This hits the rock spot and you want to be lead through the tracks. The title track, stamps authority with four minutes of anthemic rock that just soars and takes your rocking soul with it. The track could be a muddle and a noise, but it is not as the production and control is tight and very hot. Joining Stockdale creating the sound that makes you want to hear more are bassist Ian Peres who also contributes keyboards and percussion duties were shared between Josh Freese and Joey Waronker.
Third track in settling into the rocky groove and Pretty Peggy is not a sharp stone in the albums journey but a smooth acoustic pebble. The lyrics are cheesey ‘roses are red, violets are blue…’ but it works due to Stockdale’s song-writing skills. This is an oxymoron and epic acoustic number. It breaks away from being a fill in thanks to the huge chorus. This is a breathing space between the rocking driving force of the mega rocks. Pretty Peggy is no soft soap as there is a gritty edge. Then it is back with a bright heavy vibe those City Lights shine through once again we have Wolfmother’s Heavy Rock reigning Victorious.
Gypsy Caravan would stand out of the crowd at any rock party. The vocals spiral with a feel of Ozzy, this is more there is fire in the belly of the driving force. The ride through the Gypsy Caravan is exhilarating the guitar sparkles and the beat is just awesome.
Closing with a suitably named track Eye Of The Beholder, this is rock that fires up the juices. It is in-your-face full of sweeping riffs and stinging riffs. The tension and interest is maintained with fuzzy distortions and twists in the approach in delivering rock that kicks you in the solar plexus.
Love the album – live it will be spellbindingly infectious power rock.
Bluesdoodles gives this CD EIGHT doodle paws out of TEN ….
Wolfmother – VICTORIOUS – Released FEBRUARY 19th Through Universal Music Catalogue
- Love That You Give
- Pretty Peggy
- City Lights
- Simple Life
- Best of a Bad Situation
- Gypsy Caravan
- Happy Face
- Eye Of Beholder
EUROPEAN TOUR – APRIL 2016
Fri 8th – Olympia Theatre, Dublin (IE)
Sat 9th – Academy, Manchester (UK)
Sun 10th – O2 Academy, Newcastle (UK)
Tue 12th – O2 Academy, Glasgow (UK)
Wed 13th – O2 Academy, Leeds (UK)
Thurs 14th – Rock City, Nottingham (UK)
Sat 16th – O2 Academy, Birmingham (UK)
Sun 17th – O2 Academy, Bristol (UK)
Mon 18th – O2 Guildhall, Southampton (UK)
Wed 20th – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London (UK)
Fri 22nd – Palladium, Cologne (GER)
Sat 23rd – Schlachtof, Weisbaden (GER)
Mon 25th – Le Trianon, Paris (FRA)
Tue 26th – Paradiso, Amsterdam (HOL)
Weds 27th – AB, Brussels (BEL)
Fri 29th – Oosterpoort, Gronigen (HOL)
Sat 30th – 013, Tilburg (HOL)
Sun 1st – Gross Freiheit, Hamburg (GER)
Mon 2nd – Columbiahalle, Berlin (GER)
Wed 4th – Vega, Copenhagen (DEN)
Thu 5th – Rockefeller, Oslo (NOR)
Fri 6th – Gruna Lund, Stocholm (SWE)
Sun 8th – Alcatraz, Milan (ITA)
Mon 9th – Volkshaus, Zurich (SWI)
Tue 10th – Kesselhaus, Munich (GER)
Fri 13th May – Apolo 1, Barcelona (ESP)
Sat 14th May – Kristonfest, Bilbao (ESP)