Grifter - The Return Of The Bearded Brethren
Ripple Music/Catacomb Records/Fury 76 Records
Posted 10/15/14 - 1:34 AM ET
The Return Of The Bearded Brethren is an ten song love letter to the best parts of 70's rock! Big sound that rides the line between rock and metal, a whiskey soaked flair that only the best Southern Rock has... well, had before Southern Rock became Hard Country; which is definitely not the case on this album. Grifter, a three piece outfit from Britain has nailed a sound that, as stated, calls forth all the best 70's hard rock brought to the world; but they are far from a tribute band. You're not finding a Skynyrd clone here. The British trio resurrects all that is great about but don't rip it off. Their instrumentation as a group is solid, it's guitar driven but doesn't smother the bass or the drums, the trio is a bonafide without any lead singer/guitarist syndrome bleeding into the compositions and performance. Whiskey soaked grit fills all aspects of each song, vocals and instruments and that is good! So many that try for this type sound end up sounding like an old crank style record player turned too fast on a warped piece of vinyl; there is none, repeat, none of that here. Vocals are gritty, not metal gritty, rock gritty; think a mix of Michael Poulsen from Volbeat and Brian Johnson from AC/DC, but closer to Poulsen's timbre.
Pacing is pretty standard for a hard rock album bordering on metal. Fast and hard but not overstepping into metalcore, the guys in Grifter found a a sweet spot between modern hard rock (when it was good before the dub step cross over started infecting almost every album over the last two, almost three years) and classic balls to the wall 70's rock and its transition to early hard rock. Makes this writer want to sit in an old dive bar down south where I partially grew up and slug back a cold one while Grifter tears up the stage.
- Black Gold
- She Mountain
- Paranoic Blues
- Princess Leia
- Bow Down to The Monkey
- Braggards Boast
- It's Not You It's Me
- Fire Water
- Return Of The Bearded Brethren
- Fairies Wear Boots
Choice cuts are "Black Gold", "Princess Leia", and "Braggard's Boast".
Grifter gets a solid 4 out of 5 for The Return Of The Bearded Brethren.
- Michael Meade