Album Review

Dead Meadow – “Three Kings” – [Xemu Records]

surferrosa   10/26/2011   12-inch, A Library

This is a double LP of live material recorded at various performances consisting of tracks which you may already be familiar with if you are a Dead Meadow fan. This is some heavy, stoney, ultra bluesy, psych-rock. Its riddled with infectious blues riffs, distortion and good news to all you fans of epic guitar solos because they are unavoidable, found on every single track on this album. Here are some heavy echoes of 70s rock. This record has that crunchy drive which makes you feel nostalgic about those old Lep Zeppelin and Black Sabbath records you never listen to anymore. The music here is far out, but not too far out. Its heavy and distorted, but not dissonant. There are lots of jams, but the jams don’t go for days. This will appeal to those of you who like concise, anchored, accessible rock, as well as those you who crave those drawn out, heavy, spacious psych sounds. This music is definitely some straight motherfuckingrocknroll. These guys have the power trio sound down. Its pretty much all drums, bass and lots of guitar with some twangy mid to high range vocals. Too heavy to be catchy and not heavy enough to melt off your face. Either way not lacking in drive or rock-out madness. -Surfer Rosa

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