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CD THE QUILL TIGER BLOOD REVIEW

THE QUILL

TIGER BLOOD

2013

 

 

YEAR OF THE TIGER

 

 

We like The Quill and The Quill just keep getting better.

 

Odd band names aside, The Quill’s ‘Tiger Blood’ is an album that stands out as one of the best releases of the year. Some may tag The Quill with a Stoner or Southern Rock genre but to me there’s just as much funk and Zeppelin in the mix as there is ‘Stoner’ or ‘Southern Rock’; indeed second track ‘Go Crazy’ sits nicely somewhere between a low-key Electric Boys and Led Zeppelin and coming right behind the storming opening track ‘Freak Parade’ which is more Kyuss/QOTSA it’s a great opening salvo.

 

On a solid album, songs like ‘Go Crazy’ – brimming with blues riffs and some Plant-like vocals but counterbalanced by a sweet melodic backing vocal refrain, really stands out as offering something a little different. For completely different reasons ‘Greed Machine’ makes much the same impact – starting slow before exploding Soundgarden-like in the sky. Already there’s enough to recommend this to you, but we’re still only half-way through.

 

If anything the second half of the album is even stronger.

 

After the atmospheric ‘Purgatory Hill’; ‘Land Of Gold And Honey’ is closer to acoustic folk than anything else and a great song but feels like a build up to the best song here, the intensely commercial rock of ‘Darkest Moon’ which does have that Southern vibe and huge driving riff and catchy chorus – this is the song that says the Quill is capable of capturing the attention of a far larger audience. It might not be my favourite here but that’s largely the point – it might well be the song that exposes the rest that The Quill has to the larger World.

 

We close on a high too: ‘Sweet Rush’ is all about the building, rolling Soundgarden-like vibe, packed with some great guitar and a sing-along chorus; ‘Storm Before The Calm’ ends the album with an epic ballad, brought to life with some amazing guitar, it’s a great way to close.

 

This should have new fans rushing in and existing fans more than happy.

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD THE QUILL TIGER BLOOD REVIEW 2013