Greenleaf – Rise Above The Meadow
Napalm Records – 2016
We loved Nest Of Vipers from 2012 and the same goes for Trails And Passes which came out in 2014. Both made the Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown, ending up at respectively 14th and 9th position. And there is no doubt in my mind that we will definitely see Rise Above The Meadow from our Swedish compadres of Greenleaf make it to the year-end-lists once again. They’ve already hit the Doom Chart hard, taking the seventh position in February and the first Spot in the March edition. Which is only just, since their sixth album has us enjoying amazing refrains and most importantly antes up in a big way. The record is much more energetic and rousing then their earlier work and wants to truck over you like a thundering fully loaded ironclad. Without almost never pulling back on the gas the steam-propelled warship runs you over. They’ve chucked all the ballast of balance overboard and gone for the full blast of the stomp. And a definite righteous stomp it is! Sure a track like Levitate And Bow (Part 1 & 2) boasts all the balance and dynamics a song might need. But for the most part, we have bulldozer of riffs and pounding drums on our hands… And isn’t that exactly what we want and what we crave!
(Written by JK)