I am usually not a very eager fan of tribute bands. Rehashing stuff in a style already invented can lead to no good, now can it? But some of them are good, you’ve got to give it to them. And their overall goodness ain’t coming from doing covers (as many do), but applying a style or genre to their very own production. At least in part.
The RockmusicRaider offices were in contact with the Israel-based Avi Rosenfeld for a while, and in the beginning we were sceptical. But the first listen of their newest album Very Heepy Very Purple VI kind of turned things around. The band goes full Stoner Hard Rock on you with a style harking back to Uriah Heep, Deep Purple and Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow.
And you will get it all: The trademark screams and sound by Avi’s pretty stellar pipes, the teeth grinding keyboard, hard-nosed rock to go and a dose or two of fuzziness and wah-wah goodness. Their knack of spurting out sticky melodies and chorus lines reminiscent of the Power Metal outfit Arrayan Path is just the icing on this succulent piece of Hard Rock. I am sold.
If you are into the rock style of the ’70s and early ’80s of the last century, then you might want to check out Avi Rosenfeld and his outfit. This heepy, purplish delight will be worth a listen or two. Mark my words.
Here is a taste before you rush off to get a copy: