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Rückwater - “Bonehead” (2017) review


Rückwater Bonehead (2017) 

Hailing from Scandanvia, Rückwater’s debut EP, Bonehead, is a fantastic stoner rock EP, similar to Graveyard, but with some neopsychedelic vibes. The album kicks off with the awesome, heavy, powerful “Once More With Feeling”, it’s pure old school hard rock. Zeppelin like vocals, and grooves. The riff is so fucking massive and intense. “No Gain” has an almost a trippy punk/grunge rock vibe, fast paced, and frantic. Fantastic vocals, and frantic. “Labrynth” has a pure blues vibe. Clean, warm sounding guitars start it off. Almost an Alice In Chains vibe.

It’s definitely a unique, good mix. Great lyrics, great mood. Not one song sounds the same on this record, and it still ties in and works so well. It picks up in the middle with a Soundgarden like riff, and get nice and heavy and upbeat, and slows down for a nice, light, fluffy euphoric cloud like outro. The riffs on this record are fucking awesome. “Super Frustration” is an intense, short burst of literally pure aggression, kind of like punk rock Metallica. It’s great, though, it only lasts 1:16, but it definitely hits you like a brick to the head. Bonehead starts off with a groovy distorted bass, and a great late 70s hard rock vibe returns, and it’s a great sleazy rock ’n’ roll song, and a fantastic guitar solo with wah. “Flame Doesn’t Cast A Shadow” is pure neopsychedelia, and slightly proggy. The quality of the musicianship and songwriting in the band are absolutely exceptional. Especially for a brand new band. To make all 6 of these great tracks completely in polar opposite styles, and flow so great is insane. The band literally has eclectic tastes, and makes them all work in a great way. The last half of “Flame Doesn’t Cast A Shadow” is a nice, mellow, hypnotic, euphoric outro. This is one of the best, and most talented new bands I have heard in a really long time. Inventive, and exploratory. 

- Andy Thunders
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