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Brimstone Days; The: On A Monday Too Early To Tell

Back in March last year I was fortunate enough to review the first, self titled, full length album from Malmo, Sweden, retro-rocking trio The Brimstone Days, with their tasty brew of Hendrix, Zeppelin, Blue Cheer and Humble Pie proving mightily infectious. And so it proves with album number two On A Monday Too Early To Tell (although their new label Transubstans will have you believe this is TBD's debut), with singing guitarist Håkan Lanz once again howling along as though his very life depended upon getting you to your feet and rocking the socks clean off them. Add to that the triumphant rhythm duo of wonderfully named bassist Hampus Hallgard and drummer Johannes Malmqvist, who bounce along with enthusiasm and energy from start to finish and OAMTETT becomes the sort of album that will shake you from your slumbers, usher in the good times and start a party on your mp3 player.

As with all the best retro-rockers, The Brimstone Days never ever sound like copyists or plagiarists, instead their deep grooves feel authentic and heartfelt, convincing from their first insistent riff, to their last thunderous drum beat. Tune in to the bounding gallop of "I Need Soul" to be carried away on shimmering hi-hat bliss, bow down to throb of bass that heralds in "Upon Your Shoulders", to be beaten into submission with a glinting, manic grin. Or "Bury The Hatchet" with such gay abandon that it'll make you wonder why you had that argument in the first place.

The pace may dip and dive across the twelve songs that make up On A Monday Too Early To Tell, but the standard never does and neither does the conviction with which this trio deliver their feel-good grooves. And let that be a lesson for all the many, many other retro rock wannabes trying to convince that they aren't just aping their (or their father's!) heroes to tune into a movement. The Brimstone Days mean it and the mean it with every note, every beat and every word. If that doesn't make for great music then I don't know what does!

Track Listing
1. I Need Soul
2. What Do You Want
3. Confession
4. Close The Door
5. Same Old Story
6. Burry The Hatchet
7. One-Two-Two
8. Helping Hand
9. Give Me A Reason
10. On A Monday Too Early To Tell
11. Captain Tom
12. Upon Your Shoulders
13. Tucson Arizona
14. Throw That Stone

Added: December 28th 2012
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: The Brimstone Days online
Hits: 1730
Language: english

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Brimstone Days; The: On A Monday Too Early To Tell
Posted by Jon Neudorf, SoT Staff Writer on 2012-12-28 14:29:01
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Sweden, well known for its many talented metal and progressive rock bands, is a musical hotbed like no other. So maybe we shouldn't be surprised with the first full length album from The Brimstone Days entitled On A Monday Too Early To Tell. This is not metal or prog but good old fashioned retro flavoured rock 'n' roll.

The trio's beginnings can be traced back a few years to a blues rock band called The Blue Windmills with Hakan Lanz (vocals, guitar) and John Malmqvist (drums). The band added Elias Dellow on bass, changed their name and released the EP Flowers and Rainbows. Soon after Dellow left and has since been replaced with bassist Hampus Hallgard. This leads us to their brand new release.

The retro grooves start early and often with the catchy "I Need Soul" and continue throughout the album's fourteen tracks. "What Do You Want" continues in the same vein as does the Hendrix inspired heavy rock of "Confession". The band does change the pace with the slower blues soaked "Helping Hand" or for more feel good catchiness check out the fiery blues rock riffs of "Give Me A Reason" and "Captain Tom" with the former subtly reminding me Skynyrd's "That Smell". Another plus are the vocals of Hakan Lanz as his rich gravelly tone gives these songs plenty of emotion.

Although the album starts to sound a little samey after a couple of spins there is no denying what this band is all about and I think they accomplished exactly what they set out to do. If the hard rock sounds of seminal bands like Free and Cream float your boat, On A Monday Too Early To Tell might just bring back some pleasant memories.

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