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Marulk: Marulk

Here we have the debut album from Gothenburg, Sweden power trio Marulk, out on Transubstans Records. To say these guys have embraced the sounds of the '70s is an understatement, as they've created a really fun album that rocks hard in the grand tradition of The Rolling Stones, Pentagram, Grand Funk Railroad, November, and early AC/DC. Raw, bluesy, and quite blistering guitar riffs abound, courtesy of the very fine player Thomas B Jäger, with drummer Esben Willems laying down the foundation alongside bassist & lead vocalist Danne Palm. The songs are an eclectic mix of uptempo, bluesy/funky hard rockers and darker, almost doom laden metallic pieces, the latter readily apparent on the crunchy "Slumber Waltz" and the former on the raucous "Daylight & Rain" and the party anthem "Hey Sister", a tune with a great hook and plenty of groove. It's not hard to get grabbed by the tasty riffing of "The Alarm", and the rootsy charm of "Is This Home" will take you all the way back to the Stones' wonderful Exile on Main St. album."Nosferatools" is a breakneck, manic rocker straight out of the Bon Scott era AC/DC playbook, and both "I See You In My Dreams" and "Potemkin" contain some thick, bluesy hard rock riffing that wouldn't have sounded out of place on an old Led Zeppelin or Humble Pie record.

I almost feel like I'm starting to sound like a broken record praising all these outstanding Swedish bands who have embraced the sounds of the '70s, but the truth of the matter is that there are so many of them who are doing a fine job at it, that you just can't ignore the fact. Add Marulk to that list. This is an insanely enjoyable album.

(Publisher's Note-it appears the band have decided to call it quits, so this might just be their swan song...grab it while you can!)


Track Listing
01 Daylight & Rain
02 Följer Ett Spår
03 Hey Sister
04 The Alarm
05 Is This Home
06 Nosferatools
07 I See You In My Dreams
08 Slumber Waltz
09 Potemkin

Added: May 18th 2015
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Related Link: Band @ Transubstans Records
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Marulk: Marulk
Posted by Jon Neudorf, SoT Staff Writer on 2015-05-18 12:10:31
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Here is a slice of retro rock from Gothenburg, Sweden. The band is Marulk and this is their self-titled debut released in 2010 on the Transubstans label. They formed in 2007 and released an EP titled All The King's Men that same year.

The band is Thomas B. Jäger (guitar, backing vocals), Danne Palm (vocals, bass) and Esben Willems (drums, backing vocals).

If you dig heavy '70s rock and roll Marulk is a band you will probably enjoy. This isn't complicated stuff, just balls to the wall psychedelic flavoured rock with tons of energy. There is almost a garage band feel here built upon the catchy guitar riffage of Jäger. The album's first four tracks are blues based riff laden rock and roll, particularly "Hey Sister" with its bluesy guitar explorations. "The Alarm" begins with jangly guitar rhythms leading into more heavy riffs and a psych infused guitar solo. It is not until the fifth song "Is This Home?" the band eases on the gas, offering a nice folky acoustic tune to lighten the load.

My favourite track is the psychedelic "I See You In My Dreams" that has the band solidifying their early '70s retro roots with some cool distorted guitar tones.

I should also mention the lead vocals of Palm. His monochromatic delivery is a good fit for the band's heavy brand of rock and I couldn't help thinking of The Offspring while listening.

This is a solid debut and is recommended for fans of Black Sabbath, Grand Funk Railroad, Steppenwolf and '70s rock in general.




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