Saturday 23 August 2014

Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Check 'Em Before You Wreck 'Em (2014)

The second album from these English retro metal rockers.

This rather cheesy three piece band is one of the more known bands in this retro 1970s heavy metal/hard rock scene which is now sweeping the floors on small community halls and pubs these days.

This band with this long name, named after a British admiral from the 17th or the 18th century, plays a very effective form of old hard rock. Take Budgie, Pink Fairies and Black Sabbath and you get this album. There is not so much stoner on this album as on the debut album. Black Sabbath is not a main inspiration here. Instead, this band is more into standard hard rock from that era. There are some boogie here too.

The sound is dirty and this album has got a 1974'ish sound. Neither the sound or the songs here are polished or elegant. Far from it. This album sounds as dirty as good old mud. And the band is walloping like a happy pig in the middle of this mud-bath.

The songs are not bad although this album is a downer compared to their 2012 debut album. The songs are not particular good. There are some psychedelia on this album which goes down well with me. That aside, this is a decent to good album.

2.5 points

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