Warp Riders - A Tea Party With Demons EP (2015)
This new EP from Norway's Warp Riders finds the group taking traditional hard rock, giving it a little modern crustiness and bluesiness, and proceeding straight-forwardly from there. Crunchy cuts from the guitar are backed by strong drumming, a voice straight from the '70s, and vibrant bass, and through the four songs it sounds like they're really enjoying themselves with the noise, grooves, and choruses. This being an EP, none of the songs are all that long, but the quickness works with the group's style, letting them storm in, throw the riffs around, and rush back out before you can pin it down. It's easy to get swept up in that energy, even if hard rock isn't usually your go-to genre, and the band has enough heaviness going for it (plus some psychedelia rising up in "All of the Birds") to appeal to stoner rock fans as well.
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