They say the third time is the charm and Greenbeard have proven that statement with their latest offering. The Texas trio have taken their blistering stoner riffage to new heights melting faces with bluesy psychedelia, precision vocal tones and a radiant progression of song craft. The artwork continues on the theme of badassery with another example of supremacy. You can't afford not to grab the 1st press on vinyl.
Favorite track: Wyrm.
Lödarödböl is a schizophrenic beast lurking between the realms of radio length, hook-filled pop songs, and epic stoner sagas demanding the attention of a hi-fi sound system and an open ear.
The opening track, "Swing", instantly kicks the album into gear with a driving guitar riff laced with thrash. Four and a half minutes later, "Lanesplitter" has full command of the situation, and takes the listener on an expansive journey through the riff riddled realms of sludge, prog, and psychedelia. The album continues to erupt with tasteful song writing, intricate sonic layering, and weight shifting tone. "Löodarödböl"'s final send-off track, "Wyrm" leaves the listener's mind obliterated with it's story of a furious dragon unleashed. This ten minute burner is a musical opus filled with a barrage of orchestrated movements and time changes.
Löodarödböl is a superb listen, and Greenbeard continues to exist as a refreshing moment in the timeline of contemporary stoner rock.
released July 13, 2017
Engineered, Mixed, & Produced by Matt Bayles at Red Room Recording in Seattle, Washington.
Mastered by Ed Brooks at Resonant Mastering in Seattle, Washington.
Additional guitar tracking and vocals recorded with Miles Randall at Miles Randall Audio in Austin, TX.
Additional keys/synth on "Swing", "Lanesplitter", and "Wyrm" performed by Matt Bayles.
Additional synth on "Wyrm" performed by Jackson Webster and recorded at Ghostspace Records in Austin, TX.
Additional vocals performed by Collin "Oolaf" Finnigan, Katie Blackstock, and Drea Russolillo.
Greenbeard is Chance Parker (guitar/vocals), Dan Alvarez (bass), and Buddy Hachar (drums).
SGT Thunderhoof has become one of my favourite bands…..ever. And if I was held at gun point and asked which was my favourite albums from them, it would be this one, Ride of the Hoof. I listen to ST a lot but my go-to album is this one. If I’m not careful, I don’t give the other ST albums a fair go and that would just be depriving me of the greatness of all their other awesome tunes. With only a limited number of hours in the day, this posses quiet a conundrum. Harry Harrison
Holy smite. Phew. Umm.. Could I hear the album just once more?
Simply mesmerizing, which ends far too quickly, if judging by accounting mere experience. .flac on loop does not disappoint my fellow stoners. I really don't have anything sensible to say. I'll just hit play again. Cheerio. modifier