Smells Funny by the Hedvig Mollestad Trio

Hard rock hallelujah infused with jazz.

In the long history of Scandinavians not giving a fuck about being commercial Norwegian Hedwig Mollestad Thomassen can hold her head up high. Smells Funny is a quite delightful album of experimental hard rock / blues instrumentals that often takes off into wild flights of jazz fantasy.

This is music at it’s rawest, played by three maestros at the top of their game. Can be listened to directly or used as the soundtrack to your life, it’s travelling music where the purpose is the journey not the destination. Absolutely beautiful.

Verkligheten by Soilwork – album

Hitting the sweet spot

Sometimes they sound like Europe – albeit with a slight throat injury to the singer – at others Carcass. Often at the same time. It’s a glorious noise and when it hits the sweet spot – which it does often – extremely pleasing and effective.

The title apparently means “Reality”

High As Hope – Florence and the Machine – Review

High as Hope

Perhaps surprisingly to some, I’ve always had a thing for female fronted pop-rock bands. I used to like Lily Allen’s music until the last couple of albums turned into dirges interspersed with rubbish rapping and other urban crap. Florence and the Machine though have always stuck to their roots and their new album High as Hope is thankfully no different. Continue reading “High As Hope – Florence and the Machine – Review”

Anthrax – Kings Among Scotland (Live) – Review

Anthrax Kings Among Scotland

One of the four original thrash titans, this live album provides adequate proof that Anthrax have not lost it. They still sound fresh and vital, as sonically dense and intense as they ever did. Original singer, Joey Belladonna, may look odd as fuck these days but can still hit the heights of his vocal range across the platter of Anthrax old and new offered up here from their recent gig in Glasgow.   Continue reading “Anthrax – Kings Among Scotland (Live) – Review”

Review: The Horse and Other Weird Tales by Jess and the Ancient Ones

The Horse album cover - review

Wish I could say I was in here at the start about 5 years ago but I have to admit this is a new one for me. A song “Anyway the Mind Flows” appeared on my Spotify Release radar, I liked the title (any way the window blows, do you see?) and listened. Then I listened to the Finnish band’s whole album (of which Anyway… is the final track) and their whole back catalogue. More of that another time though (It’s very good) this is a review of their latest, The Horse and Other Weird Tales. Continue reading “Review: The Horse and Other Weird Tales by Jess and the Ancient Ones”

Music Review – The Visitor by Neil Young and the Promise of the Real

Neil Young The Visitor album cover

The remarkable output of the 72 year old rock/country grandee Neil Young continues unabated. This, his 39th studio album comes just a few months after organising the release of his Hitchhiker LP (recorded in 1976) and a bare year after the release of Peace Trail. It sees him continue to collaborate with Willy Nelson’s sons, Micah and the band fronted by Lukas Nelson, Promise of the Real. Continue reading “Music Review – The Visitor by Neil Young and the Promise of the Real”