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Madleaf – House Of Lust

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Last Updated on 11:43 AM by Nikos Nakos

Genre: Grunge/Alternative/Groove/Hard Rock
Country: Greece
Label: Independent/Self-Released
Year: 2016

 

Too grunge for my musical preferences, too groovy for my general taste (and therefore close to them), as stoner as it should be to excite the passers-by of the “hard” sound. All these serve as a preface / introduction.

Now if we want to be accurate, the Athenians Madleaf didn’t leave behind their eight-year record silence to make us “argue” about which classification fits them better. If we need to find a band that is very close to them (or rather Madleaf is close to) it would definitely be Alice In Chains. Plus if you know a thing or two about music, then you realize that their quality is high and cannot be included in the grunge genre.

“House Of Lust” is full of energy and loaded with well-tuned guitars. I hear several Godsmack elements (avoiding looting Metallica) with the songs being potential hits. Nothing is pretentious though. Songs in fast tempos seem to fit the band better, without this meaning that their quality is lost when speed is lowered. I got the feeling that the band sounds better in tracks like “Angel Eyes”, “White Shark”, “Hit ‘n’ Run” and “Closer”, where Dimitris Kotsis (Mahakala, Black Soul Horde) is a guest and probably is the best track of the album. I wouldn’t be surprised if their fans love the Nirvana-reminiscent track “Burn” or “Mind Games” (amazing) that travels us to the 90’s, when the real alternative genre could actually offer something and wasn’t just a joke.

The band’s return into action is a very strong one, with a balanced record of 11 solid tracks, and a record adorned with the excellent cover of Chrysanthi Palantzas.

 

4/6

Lilliana Tseka
Lilliana Tseka
Surrealism : Pure psychic automatism, by which one proposes to express, either verbally, in writing, or by any other manner, the real functioning of thought. Dictation of thought in the absence of all control exercised by reason, outside of all aesthetic and moral preoccupation. Surrealism is based on the belief in the superior reality of certain forms of previously neglected associations, in the omnipotence of dream, in the disinterested play of thought. It tends to ruin once and for all other psychic mechanisms and to substitute itself for them in solving all the principal problems of life.

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