Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Stoner/Desertrock | Heft: Jahrgang 2012, eclipsed Nr. 138 / 3-2012 | VÖ-Jahr: 2012 | Wertung: 8/10 | Label: Small Stone | Autor: ML

Are these the demos from the Rick Rubin recording sessions with the Reformed Black Sabbath? Like the opener "Thunderfoot" the band from Virginia knows exactly what they want and quickly makes it clear. Not only that singer T. R. Morton, who also works as a guitarist and organist, sounds like Ozzy 40 years ago, but also the whole musical direction can be well located between the first three Sabbath albums. Of course Freedom Hawk are not the first band to move in this water, but they are one of the few bands that you can listen to for a third or fourth time without having to be convinced. The sound wood is rumbling a lot. But one thing is certain: the quartet wanted it to sound exactly like that. Even more exciting than the original retro sound is Freedom Hawk's ability to write grandiose songs, such as "Nomad", which, especially after the not unexpected break, not only gains speed but also format. "Bandito" adds a little more and combines vintage ZZ-Top with the early Sabbath. It's understandable that not every track can come along on this level.

Top track: Bandito

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