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AVATARIUM ALL I WANT REVIEW 2014

 

AVATARIUM - ALL I WANT (EP)

NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

NOVEMBER 14 2014

 

 

Hypnotic EP opener ‘All I Want’ is the sort of track that beckons you in with its entrancing riff and siren-like effects, as an impassioned vocal glides seamlessly across the soundscape before the drum-laden breakdown. There’s something almost ‘sixties’ about its make-up, unadorned yet powerfully compelling.


Coming so soon after their stunning eponymous album from last year, the quality of songs like ‘Deep Well’ remind you both of greats of yesteryear and contemporaries like Blues Pills, this though is decidedly darker-lit fare and all the more powerful from it.


Boasting exemplary deep, blues-dripping vocals from Jennie-Ann Smith and the song-writing of   Candlemass’ Leif Edling this EP picks right up from where that first release took us. It’s music you can’t help falling for.


At almost seven minutes long ‘Pandora’s Egg’ is the centrepiece that adds depth to this five song EP. It’s a rambling affair in the best possible way, laying open the strengths of the band: a solid backline, bone-crunching bass and ‘progressive’ guitar and drum lines almost like Sabbath playing Floyd. It’s all tied together by a shuddering psychedelic solo that soars away anchored only by the bass and a vocal that reminds you of Heart’s Ann Wilson. As one of the highpoints of the album to hear it here ‘live’ just makes you marvel at how good these guys would be in concert.


‘Tides of Telepathy’; another track from the album given a live workout is both longer and doomier fare and almost as impressive, building to a wailing BOC-like swirl of guitars it’s sure to sway those who still may be incredulously be sitting on the fence.


The EP closes with one of the best tracks from last year’s album in ‘Birds of Prey’; again ‘live’ it’s a straighter Hard Rock affair with wailing vocals and dynamics.


Avatarium is a band you need to hear, and affirming the feeling we had last year this is a very special band.  As a stop-gap release things don’t get much better.  

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

AVATARIUM ALL I WANT EP - HARD ROCK EP REVIEW 2014