Elbrus
(ST)
2016
Crank this to 9.5 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Heavy rock, Blues
Sounds Like:
Wolf People, All Them Witches, Cream
Before we dive into the music of Elbrus, take in the beauty of this album cover from the creative mind of Adam Burke. What a terrific painting to lure us into the band, we need to get this artist on our Homage to the Artist page. From Melbourne, Australia welcome Elbrus with their Self-Titled debut album, yet another extraordinary release through Kozmik Artifactz.

The music here is very diverse for a heavy rock band, it bursts with stoner driven fuzz, massive distorted riffs and calming blues rhythms. There is also an aura of 70s blues rock that glazes over the album, at times we hear some Cream influences scattered about. We would have loved to enter this one in our top 11 albums of 2016, unfortunately we discovered them a bit too late, (we’ll just put them as our #12 album of the year).

What are the highlights of the album?

Albums like this can be extraordinary tough to breakdown, words don’t do it justice. If we must point out some highlights, check out “Break The Machine”. The contrast between soft and heavy blues, lofty vocals and filthy harmonica makes for a stunning track. “Far Away And Into Space” could be the actual highlight of the album. Clocking is at 10:52, this one has it all. It travels through laid back blues and heavy psyche rock, the use of the organ is the icing on the cake… just crank this one up. We also love the addition of the female vocals on the opening track “Tall Shadow,” would like to hear more of this throughout.

How is the production value?
The production is excellent, as each instrument shines, the band shows tremendous chemistry on this debut.

How is the vocal performance?

Ollie Bradley Smith is a unique vocal talent, his style definitely enhances Elbrus. Think Jack Bruce meets Jack Sharp of Wolf People, yet heavier at times.

What adult beverage to enjoy while listening to this album?
Enjoy a glass of Lake Placid UBU Ale. This 7.00% (ABV) full-bodied ale is refreshingly tangy from the slight malty sweetness with a hint of bitter chocolate, hits the spot.

Does the album art reflect the music?
Yes, as we stated earlier in the review, it’s a wonderful cover, so pick this one up on vinyl.

What are our final thoughts on Elbrus.

We can’t get enough of this style of rock around here as Elbrus has thrusted into one of the best heavy psych rock albums this year. At the present moment, they are flying way under the radar, the music is just too damn good and being on Kozmik Artifactz, they should gather a large underground following in no time. - 1/2/2017

Tracklist:

1. Ride On 05:32
2. Breakdown 05:19
3. The End 07:50
4. Into the Sun 06:46

Band Members:
Ollie Bradley-Smith - vocals/organ
Ringo Camilleri - guitar
Tom Todorovic - drums
Noah Martin - bass

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