Friday, February 19, 2016

Following The Old Ways...

Akasava - Strange Aeons EP (2015)


As the first non-single release from the French band of Akasava, this EP and its quarter-hour of material set a cool tone for the group with some doom-shaded heavy rock.  Fuzzy production meets some throw-back '70s-style vocals and crunchy chords to create a pretty decent emulation of the old style, with enough headbang-friendly bridges and riffs to entice even jaded fans of the style.
Though the EP goes by quickly, the band does a good job of keeping things lively from song to song, with touches like the intro and outro tracks showing an engagement in the creation process that could lead to some fun bonuses on future albums.  High- and low-tempo tracks let the band show off their facility in different forms of the '70s ouevre, and while I personally leaned more towards their high-speed work, the heavier material pulls together solidly (especially when the organ kicks in on "Black & White Lady").  A promising start for the band, and something to check out if you've been running low on retro heavy rock.
~ Gabriel

For Fans Of;    Acid Witch, La Chinga, Manthrass, Psychedelic Witchcraft, Sedated Angel




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