How cool and ripped off is that? "Lords Of Illusion", the opener of the untitled The Socks debut, makes a fairy tale come true: Once upon a time Jon Lord hired Black Sabbath... "Lords Of Illusion" offers biting riffs, a stomping groove and a fat organ. The Socks are four very young, long-haired, full-bearded Frenchmen, who cut out one riff after the other, never losing their sense for melodies and always digress wonderfully: For example with the indulging mellotron sounds in "Next To The Light" or various beguiling guitar lines. But of course the dirty guitars and the drums remain the ultimate of this album, against which singer Julien Méret knows how to assert himself. Of course, The Socks also push the tempo pretty hard (for example in "Some Kind Of Sorcery" or "Electric War"). "Holy Sons has the energy and beauty of a tough lava flow. Finally, there's the heavy blues "The Last Dragon." For a debut this is more than extraordinarily routine and sovereign.
Top track: Holy Sons