Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wolfmother - Cosmic Egg

The mastermind of vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale, Wolfmother has gone through (and apparently is still going through) multiple line-up changes - Stockdale being the only static member - but has still managed to garner huge success with his hard rock sound. Yes, this is certainly influenced by classic heavy metal/hard rock, but there are lots of more modern traits evident, as well, not the least of which is Andrew's uncanny vocal resemblance to Jack White. The guitar tones have a more modern production quality, as well, including some effect that White uses on his guitar - I actually thought this was one of his off-shoot projects when I first heard the band.

This 2009 sophomore release continues with the sound that gave them success on their 2005 eponymous debut - yes, plenty of classic rock sounds (I'm hearing some Led Zeppelin-ish production techniques, especially) but also newer punk and metal thrown into the mix. Skip if you don't dig metal, but a pretty interesting new take on the genre, if ya do.