Smokey Fingers – Promised Land (2016) – Review

Apple Music Badge – Buy with Amazon!

RockmusicRaider Review - Smokey Fingers - Promised Land - Album CoverSometimes it does the soul good to be transported to yonder laid back times of Easy Rider (the film), Doc Hollyday, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the likes. Just makes you want to put on your cowboy boots, hunt for these tight jeans, don a Stetson and go a-cruisin’. Down dusty highways, across broken service stations to stop at a saloon in a windy town for beers, burgers and fun.

Now, when I first saw the trailer Smokey Fingers issued and these guys talked in Italian, I scratched my head, not sure where this was all heading. But then you start twirling Promised Land and out comes stellar Stoner Rock of the Southern kind, (Italian tainted) drawl and all. And this seems to step right out of Louisiana, greeting you with a whiff of Texas (the band) and Blackfoot. Looks like our Canadian buddies from Vinyl Hero got some stiff competition after all.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Gorilla Pulp – Peyote Queen (2016) – Review

Apple Music Badge Buy with Amazon!

RockmusicRaider Review - Gorilla Pulp - Peyote Queen - Album CoverAh, groovy! The first track Die of Thirst just started to blast out of my headphones, taking me on a journey. Where is my snazzy headband and embroidered, henna-colored sleeveless jacket before I continue? This harkens back, way back in time to the druggy, psychedelic times Hard Rock was born out of blues and stuff.

Gorilla Pulp really adopt this pre-metal style in Peyote Queen, sponsored by Retro Vox Records. A style in fashion back in the ’70’s up to early ’80’s and delivered with an enthusiasm that is frankly refreshing. When listening to them I am constantly reminded of Black Sabbath and their very first contribution to the music world. Other names come to mind too: Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pink Floyd, Steppenwolf, some Led Zeppelin from way back. In other words: The band served itself somewhat shamelessly from a number of influences and backgrounds. ‘Tis amply stated in their bio write-up as well. And this is actually a good thing, if done artfully.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!