Released: 2017, Black Bow Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
This is the second EP from Cheshire-based band 1968 - the eponymic (is that right? should it be numernymic?) year in which many of the members’ favourite albums were released. Founded 45 years after their name by a chance, on-line meeting (chat-roulette? Grindr?), the band “[draws] influences from Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Jimi Hendrix and many others” and has “a sound that pays homage as well as brings new elements to the overall mix.”
I can definitely hear Led Zep in this, no doubt about that. Moments of Sabbath too. Although, for my ear, the texture and the tonality of the music has more of a grungey style. Think of a heavier, better Pearl Jam with Led Zep overtones and you’re kinda getting there. Now, whilst the styling may be retro, the focus isn’t; it’s the musical equivalent of taking a selfie and applying a black and white, 1968 filter.
Vorpal has got one of the catchiest riffs I’ve heard in a long time. It really is earwormingly good, and accents of it are cleverly spliced in between the vocals in places you wouldn’t expect. War Dogs is possibly my favourite of the four tracks, although all of them are thoroughly enjoyable. I actually want to like this less than I do, but I can’t. These guys rock.
If you’re a fan of this, and I expect anyone who likes any kind of blues-based rock from the past 40 years probably will be, then a joint-headline UK tour with Batallions is planned for spring 2017. There’ll be at least one person in the crowd, that’s for certain, and I suggest you join me.