Stone Temple Pilots have returned with a fresh energy along with new singer Jeff Gutt, whose vocals and delivery are nearly indistinguishable from the late Scott Weiland. This new self-titled album sounds like it could have been recorded right after “Tiny Music…” and sounds frankly even more similar to the better “Vol. 4” that preceded it.
Full of fire and great songs like “Meadow”, “Thought She’d Be Mine”, “Roll Me Under”, and the Beatles-y “Never Enough”, they suddenly sound like a band at the top of their game with something to prove. And they prove it. This album is all killer, no filler. The DeLeo Brothers and drummer Eric Kretz are playing with what seems like a renewed energy, and Jeff Gutt channels his best Scott impression to make this the next step they were never able to take before. I’ve been waiting for this one for a while and it does not disappoint!
So much good music released lately, and this is the one I can’t get enough of right now. Virgina’s venerable Freedom Hawk has a brand new album called Beast Remains, and they had me at the first track, the energetic, moving “Solid Gold”.
The band’s sound is reminiscent of the best of 70s AOR and prog rock, while at the same time sounding both modern and timeless. Passionate, melodic, and grooving, Beast Remains is a perfect showcase of the band’s formidable songwriting and musical skills.
Whatever’s in the water at Virginia Beach, I want some. In the meantime, I’m just going to keep enjoying Freedom Hawk rock and hope they come this way soon.
Fans of Black Sabbath and Corrosion of Conformity will definitely dig this Philly foursome. Yes they bring the heavy, but that heavy fuzz has a solid groove and a bluesy engine driving their doom train. Dirty, heavy, groovy, with songs about vampires and Poe-inspired twisted love songs, what’s not to like? Riffs as heavy as Sabbath, accompanied by vocals that go from sweet to an impassioned rasp that would make Pepper proud.
Standouts – “Come Back a God”, “Coraline”, “Supernatural Salesman”. Honestly, there’s not a bad song on this album, it’s all killer, no filler, including the bonus song Honeypot (cut from the vinyl version for space).
Catch these guys at the legendary Maryland Doom Fest this June, but in the meantime definitely pick up Threshold, I’ve been listening to it nonstop for about two weeks now. Rock!