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Album Review

For many rock fans, whenever modern-day rock music hits a rut, you can always count on your trusty old Zeppelin and Sabbath albums to help blow away your blues. And many bands nowadays are going right to these aforementioned sources of inspiration themselves — including the British power trio Firebird. Although led by Carcass founder Bill Steer, Firebird's brand of metal has nothing to with fierce grind 'n' thrash — it's entirely based on the monolithic riffs and grooves of the Zeppelin and Sabbath. And on their fifth album overall, 2009's Grand Union, the lads are still cruising down this sonic turnpike. Everything about this release reeks of the '70s — including the songs on the CD being listed as belonging to a "Side A" and a "Side B." Give a listen to such trippy ditties as "Blue Flame" and "Lonely Road," and be prepared to be transported to the heady days of incense, bell-bottoms, afros, and blacklight posters.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Years since Carcass' Swan Song in 1996, founding guitarist Bill Steer returns with Firebird in late 2000, releasing a self-titled debut. Renowned for his pioneering efforts in grindcore and extreme metal, Steer takes a different route with Firebird, a blues-based three-piece with roots in late-'60s and early-'70s rock. Leo Smee of sludge-rockers Cathedral handles bass, and though he played on the group's debut, drummer Ludwig Witt of Spiritual Beggars was replaced by Tom Berman after Witt had difficulty...
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