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Three Seasons: Understanding the World

If you love '70s styled hard rock dripping with Hammond organ and heavy rock guitar work, and happened to miss out on Swedish act Three Seasons' previous release Life's Road, fret not, because they have a brand new one out called Understanding the World which ups the ante even further. Though the whole retro thing coming out of Sweden is certainly not anything new or groundbreaking, but if you crave those vintage sounds, bands like Three Seasons are certainly scratching that itch.

Comprised of just Sartez Faraj (guitars, vocals), Olle Risberg (bass), and Christian Eriksson (drums), Three Seasons certainly have a full, rich, and powerful sound, which can be compared to Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Grand Funk Railroad, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Cactus, Iron Butterfly, Humble Pie, and Vanilla Fudge. At the core of the sound are the commanding Hammond organ (not sure who plays that here) and beefy guitar riffs & tasty solos. Tunes like "Set In Stone" and "Searching" are steeped in blues rock, psychedelia, and hard rock, with Faraj's powerful vocals and sizzling licks playing off the swirling Hammond, and the awesome instrumental "Maria" is a like a long lost Deep Purple track circa 1969, with mesmerizing Blackmore & Lord styled guitar & Hammond passages. The atmospheric "Far As Far Can Be" will take you back to late '60s psychedelia, while "Ain't Got Time" and "I Would Be Glad" are thumping blues/boogie/funk laden hard rockers that will prompt you to get out your air guitar, raise your fist in the air, headbang, and get your groove on. 7-minute closer "Can't Let Go" is like the perfect marriage of Cactus, Deep Purple, Grand Funk, and Humble Pie, a real swinging, heavy rockin' affair filled with catchy grooves, crunchy riffs, tasty Hammond, and soulful vocals.

To be honest, I really dug Life's Road a lot, but Understanding the World takes this style to another level. This is just a fun, heavy rocking good time from start to finish, a feast for Hammond & guitar lovers, and anyone who likes their hard rock to contain plenty of groove. More please!

Track Listing
1. Set In Stone (6:23)
2. Searching (5:09)
3. Far As Far Can Be (6:40)
4. Ain't Got Time (7:12)
5. Understand The World (7:59)
6. I Would Be Glad (5:03)
7. Maria (7:23)
8. Can't Let Go (7:15)

Added: December 16th 2012
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 3129
Language: english

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