Zombie Rodeo – ‘Cult Leader’

Nameless Rider – Good punchy intro.  There’s a classic feel to this melody, with plenty of grit, pounding heaviness and a solid thud to the bass.  Neat little bit of cymbal action after the mid-section, during a brief rhythmic alternation and closing on a decently hard, crunchy beat.

Silver Medicine – Very classy AC/DCesque drum intro there and a vague nod to Whitesnake’s ‘Too Many Tears’, recognisable in the chorus.  In saying that, this is much heavier, with a bit of a party rock sound, which to my ears, is very pleasing.  There’s a definite catch to it and you might just find yourself getting carried away by it.  This is a good thing.

Cult Leader – Ouch!  Well that feedback intro was a slight shock, but never fear, it soon segues into a hard edged, rocky section.  The distortion effect around the mid-section kind of fits with the whole anarchic feel.  It’s a mash-up of styles, really, showcasing a combo of stoner, doom, dark, growly death and straight up melodic rock.

Personal Hell – Now the doom element comes into play, to great effect, with a sinister, funereal sense and a breakthrough of light, as the melody progresses.  Carrying a distinct Sabbathesque thread, the tone in itself is intriguing, catching the same sort of mood found captured in much of Sabbath’s material.  An eerily effective finish, making its mark quickly and cleanly.  It doesn’t need to say any more.

Replacement Memories – Back to that doomy, darkened instrumental feel, moving fluidly into a slightly bluesy lyrical and melodic slant.  Varied influences appear to come to the fore here, with particular emphasis on blues and an edge of psychedelia, as you envision the dizzying feel of a fairground ride, under the influence of some chemical stimulant.  Nice closing touch, in that echoic finale, with a bit of vibrato thrown in.

Overall – An enjoyable nostalgia ride, down through the humble beginnings of hard rock, heavy metal, blues and psychedelia, with lots of visual imagery, evoking everything from Woodstock festival, to back room gigs, in dodgy, back street pubs.

7/10 *******

For fans of early Black Sabbath, Hendrix, The Doors, Pearl Jam, Paul Weller, Clapton and Ceam, John Mayall’s Blues- breakers and Soundgarden.



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