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(48:30, Transubstans Records)
The Swedish band THE BRIMSTONE DAYS was formed back in 2009, releasing their first EP the same year, and their full length debut in 2010. Two more years have now gone by for this active power trio, now signed to the Swedish label Transubstans Records, which released their sophomore effort "On a Monday Too Early to Tell" in the fall of 2012. And it is a fairly uniform landscape that is thoroughly explored on the 14 compact compositions that make up this disc, taking us some 40 years back in time to the age of the original power trios, with Jimi Hendrix and Cream as some of many likely influences. Circulating organic guitar riffs with funky undercurrents and psychedelic resonances, compact in nature and melodic in expression, are backed by a steady, energetic bass and drums foundation and powerful melodic vocals on top, with a firm and distinct foundation in and reference to blues. This is classic hard rock with a typical late 60's sound, with some light garage rock details thrown in for good measure. Not distinct enough to make a grand impression for me, but tight and well made, performed and produced. A sweet experience for anyone with a keen interest in hard rock as it sounded when the phrase was coined the first time around, and I suspect avid Jimi Hendrix fans should be the first to stand in line to check out this band – on discs as well as on one of their many concerts.
Olav M Bjornsen: November 20, 2012
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