Friday 2 November 2018

Album Review: GRETA VAN FLEET - Anthem Of The Peaceful Army

Greta Van Fleet - Anthem Of The Peaceful Army

01. Age of Man
02. The Cold Wind
03. When the Curtain Falls
04. Watching Over
05. Lover, Leaver (Taker, Believer)
06. You're the One
07. The New Day
08. Mountain of the Sun
09. Brave New World
10. Anthem
11. Lover, Leaver (Taker, Believer)

The last few years have seen a number of young Rock bands appear, who look and sound like they belong in the 70's. They're everywhere! Dressed like Black Sabbath in clothes they've picked up from the local vintage shop, with their cherry sunburst Gibson guitars and scarves tied to their mic stands. I love bands from the 70's too, but there are so many artists out there imitating what went before without adding any kind of modern twist, or freshness to make them essential in their own right.

Greta Van Fleet take my above rant to the next level. They are Led Zeppelin in the way that Airbourne is AC/DC. They are also very young, very talented, and have been getting a hell of a lot of press internationally. The hype for a bunch of kids who are copying Led Zeppelin has been nothing short of deafening, polarising Rock fans across the globe. Yes, they're copycats, but they're also fantastic at it, way better than Kingdom Come were.

The production is perfect for a record like this. It has a modern clarity yet retains plenty of retro grit. There are also some great songs on here. My personal favourites are The Cold Wind, When The Curtain Falls, Mountain Of The Sun, and Lover, Leaver (Taker, Believer).

I really hope that Greta Van Fleet develop more of their own character in the future. I believe that if they manage that, they could quite easily become Classic Rock royalty and be remembered as more than just an excellent Led Zeppelin tribute band.


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