Eye-grabbing cover, auditory offspring by Black Sabbath and Jack White, face-melting music!
The power trio of ‘majikians’, aka guitarist/vocalist Johni Holiday, drummer Benni Manchino, and bassist Jimi Glass from Pretoria, South Africa amaze us with the instant intoxicating music with their second EP “The Fox” after last year’s debut EP “The Bear”.
How is the sound ?
After seeing this lysergic cover by Annemarie Buchner, the sound completely obliterates you! The Fox bites back and bites hard and instantly grabs you for one of my favourite rock and roll trips this year. The band successfully conveys the raw feeling of live jamming not in an incoherent manner of riffs but goes with addictive tunes. Constant riffage by Johni and pummeling drumming by Benni accompanied by Jimi’s bass crescendo. The combination is caustic garage rock in an (un)holy matrimony with good ol’ stoner. Johni’s vocals evoke Jack White’s style and in general the sound reminds us also of Wolfmother and other psych / garage act of 70s.
The raw, vivid and groovy sound feels so fresh starting with the rabid introductory “King of the Badgers” which also features a classic guitar doodle in the end. The distorted bass of the second track reminds us the Kyuss’s doctrines while the third one is more like a dancing heavy blues anthem. “Sodoom and Gomorrah” as its name suggests is more menacing and mid-tempo version of a doom-y / sludge-y Jack White abomination. “Coffin Dragger” is the one with the video and it’s a crazy orgy of riffotastic shredding and boogie rhythms and a breakdown thrown in for a good measure, while in the last song the band uses a more controlled pace with brash instrumentation.
2016 may have sucked in terms of losing our beloved rock gods but in terms of amazing albums it delivered us this one and it rocks pretty hard!
Why is this album worth listening ?
- For its heaviness and groove
- A straightforward and exciting record to lift you up!
In what situation you should listen to this album ?
For Fans Of
Jack White, Wolfmother, Fuzz, Royal Blood, Black Keys
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