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Album Review

Like any side project — and, make no mistake, the members of Sweden's Greenleaf have their fingers in way too many pies for this to constitute anything else — 2003's Secret Alphabets album can't disguise the partial commitment of those involved in its creation, which, incidentally, occurred more than two years after the band's inauspicious stoner rock debut. Don't get us wrong, Secret Alphabets is a very solid, surprisingly straightforward hard rock album, but the competent songwriting present in energetic rockers like "10,000 Years of Revolution" and "Witchcraft Tonight," as well as mellower, psychedelic, and space rock-tinged excursions such as "The Combination," "One More Year," and "Masterplan," never really attain elevated orbits of inspiration. The lasting impression is that of a group taking time off from their day jobs: It's fun and entertaining enough, but hardly worth quitting that day job. Still, for what it's worth, "Black, Black Magic" strikes a familiar, but welcome, chord reminiscent of Monster Magnet, and the particularly memorable "Never Right" contains possibly the best Paul Stanley vocal impression ever committed to tape. Just who is responsible for this soul-channeling feat is not made clear by the sparse liner notes contained herein (possibly one Singe?) but, suffice it to say, the results are downright scary, and, on their own, almost require one to check this album out.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Swedish hard rockers Greenleaf consist of singer Fredrik Nordin, guitarists Daniel Jansson and Tommi Holappa, bassist Bengt Bäcke, and drummer Daniel Lidén. Though they officially only started working together in 1999, the band's membership had long ties to the healthy local stoner rock movement (both Nordin and Holappa having put in time with Dozer and Liden with Demon Cleaner), so the pooling of their efforts led to a quite natural progression on both their debut four-song EP and 2001's Revolution...
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Secret Alphabets, Greenleaf
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  • 11,99 €
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Hard Rock
  • Released: 09 September 2003

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