Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Album Review: "Wandering Blind: by Brutus

Wandering Blind
Untiled, the director's cut of Almost Famous is one of my absolute favorite movies.

The music business was such an amazing thing back during the Seventies and that flick just captures the raw power of music in those days.

Though music is just as good as ever, if not better, the industry has sure seen better days. No one can deny that.

It's easy to wax nostalgic about some of the towering bands that prowled the earth bringing earth shatteringly loud concerts that have kept ears ringing to this day.

I can't be the only one who thinks that the vinyl rebirth didn't just start because somebody wanted to crank Led Zeppelin II like they did back in the day right? There are many things to remind us of those heady days when cocaine was the subject of song and bathroom breaks.

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There have been a great many bands that have been trying to catch lightning in a bottle on a wave of nostalgia that hearkens back to the days of Black Sabbath and Molly Hatchet, but so few have been able to reap any benefits.

At least any significant commercial benefits.

Fans of the originals have stated why listen to these acts when they have the Gods of Rock to listen to?

Good question.

Enter Brutus of Sweden and Norway.

Listing off their major influences would be like naming the Gods of Olympus. It's not hard to pick out the bits and pieces, but there's something different.

Many "throwback" bands are carbon copies of what came before so instead of sounding like they just walked out of the Way Back Machine, it's more like they're a fictional band for HBO's Vinyl.

What if a band instead of copying, took a series of influences that was far more broad and created their own sound? Woudl they sound like they were Second Generation Arena Rock or an also ran?

That's Brutus's greatest success. They sound like they started the band in 1973 and then were placed into stasis and then recorded the album they'd spent their lives writing.

Fun, raucous, and authentic. That's Brutus.

Release: 5/20/16
Genre: Rock
Label: Svart Records

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