Thursday, April 4, 2013

REVIEW: Black Lizard - Black Lizard

This debut album from Helsinki's Black Lizard should thrill all of us who enjoy psychedelic rock.  And drilling down a bit, if you love the use of guitars by The Jesus and Mary Chain and Brian Jonestown Massacre, this self-titled record is the 2013 release you have been waiting for.

Black Lizard begins with the stately drone rock of "Honey, Please".  Then things get faster, fuller and heavier with "Boundaries", followed by two tracks that could be claimed by the brothers Reid -- "Dead Light" and "Love is a Lie".

The next two tracks, "New Kind of High" and "Some Drugs" feature dirty, distorted guitar licks that call to mind BJM, so you might be interested to know that Anton Newcombe assisted Black Lizard with the album.  "Some Drugs", in particular, is a deliciously urgent song.

"Forever Gold" and "Thrill" prove that this group is equally adept in crafting a jangling pop song --

In my opinion, Black Lizard is a very impressive debut -- a nine-track statement that there is a new guitar rock band that intends to leave their mark.

Black Angels are Paltsa-Kai Salama (vocals, guitar), Joni Seppänen (guitar, synthesizer), Lauri Lyytinen (bass), and Onni Nieminen (percussion).  The album is released on April 5 in vinyl, CD and digital formats by Soliti Music.

Soliti Music

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