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WOLFMOTHER (Andrew Stockdale on lead vocals and guitar; Ian Peres on bass and keyboards; Aidan Nemeth on rhythm guitar; David Atkins on drums) After spending the past 11 ½ weeks in Byron Bay, Australia & Los Angeles, CA writing and recording their 2nd album; Wolfmother return with ”Back Round”, the first single from the forthcoming album COSMIC EGG. ”Back Round” is already a fan favorite and one of the lead tracks to be featured on the next version of Guitar Hero. Wolfmother took the world by storm in 2005 with the release of their self-titled album spawning the Grammy win for Best Hard Rock Performance for ”Woman”. The success of the album kept the band on the road touring for over two years and saw them perform in front of millions of people. Now, Wolfmother comes ”Back Round” with Cosmic Egg on the horizon and proves true to form delivering their aggressive and classic sound laced with crunching guitars, muscular rhythms and soaring vocals. Cosmic Egg is bound to take fans into another sonic dimension.

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  • Their first album may have landed in 2006, but three years later, the band already has a great deal of history and a new lineup. Wolfmother originally started as a power trio out of Australia fronted by singer and guitarist Andrew Stockdale with Chris Ross on bass and organ and Myles Heskett keeping them together on drums. Their debut CD reached number twenty two on the Billboard charts after drawing comparisons to Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin among other notable 60s and 70s hard rock heavyweights. In 2007, Wolfmother even won the Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for their song “Woman.” After headlining festivals and selling out large venues all over the world, Ross and Heskett left the band in 2008 leaving Stockdale as the only remaining member.

    After what seemed like ages for classic rock starved fans, Wolfmother is back with a sophomore release that is even better than their debut. With howls resembling Robert Plant at the peak of his career and riffs rotating between Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and White Stripes influences, Andrew Stockdale has proven he was the driving force behind Wolfmother from the very beginning. His new band consisting of Ian Peres on bass and keyboards, guitarist Aidan Nemeth, and Dave Atkins on drums compliments Stockdale’s style perfectly. Where Wolfmother’s first album often felt rough around the edges, their new release is polished to an incredible shine. The punk influences heard on songs like “Apple Tree” are less apparent on Cosmic Egg, but can still be heard in songs like “White Feather.”

    Cosmic Egg excels in maintaining consistently catchy and impressive rock from beginning to end. The lead single “New Moon Rising,” the Zeppelin-esque “10,000 feet,” and the slower tempo “Far Away” may be stand out tracks, but the album is excellent straight through. When I first listened to this album, I thought it was an overall excellent release, but a few of the tracks felt out of place. I then realized these were the additional tracks found exclusively on the Deluxe Edition. Take those four extras out and Cosmic Egg is truly an album to remember. If you find the majority of your favorite artists are now over the age of 50, I highly recommend you give Wolfmother a try. They had one of the best debuts in a long time, but with Stockdale’s new lineup of definite talent, Wolfmother has only gotten better and will hopefully continue to make music for many years to come.

    Similar Artists: Black Sabbath, Rose Hill Drive, The Raconteurs

    Track Suggestion: New Moon Rising

    Posted on March 15, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • “Dear…”a kids review”,

    Im not sure whether you wrote your review just to see what people will say about it. But assuming that it is an honest review and what you wrote is honestly how you feel…well..allow me to retort sir.

    First off…you talk about two other bands that are so great and so original compared to wolfmother in your review. You speak of the White Stripes as if they are brand a spankin new band. They have been around since (from what im guessing)you were wearing diapers son. Dont get me wrong, i love the white stripes. But your comparison to Wolfmother is ridiculous to say the very least!

    And then you speak of this band called “the answer”…as if they are sooo mf’ing original??? I actually took your word for it and looked up this answer band…wow! You have the freakin nerve to talk about wolfmother and how they try to rip off everyone off. NO lie…i listened to “The Answer” and i knew every single drum beat and guitar chord that was going to be played ten seconds before it even came. Very, very, very…predictable and unoriginal. Sorry sir.

    To get on with this review…I will be the first to admit that im not very good at describing how a certain group is good and what it is that makes them good, but I have to say…this cd is verrrry good.

    If you heard the first wolfmother cd…this is more of the same, but more evolved. It seems as if he grew as a musician. It is still the very best of Black Sabbath and Led Zep combined….but even better that the last one.

    If you even remotely like the first wolfmother cd…you will be blown away by this cd. Its five times better than the last one in my opinion.

    No…its definitely not groundbreaking or something that none of us have ever heard before…but it is a DAMN GOOD CD!

    This cd impressed me alot. My advice…check this cd out…I dont see how you could regret it!!!

    Posted on March 15, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Here’s a band that pays homage to the “rock god pose” all along
    Wolfmother comes back after the nonstop touring during 2006/2007 and after some lineup changes. The only one remaining from the original power trio members is their front man/guitarist; Andrew Stockdale.

    Cosmic Egg delivers just as much power as its predecessor self titled “wolfmother”; it contains instant rock staples as the debut album did, but proves that during all that touring his main composer endured much more as a song composer and not just as a riff genius.
    What this means is that the “filler” of this record is way better that the first album.

    Standout cuts are: “California Queen”, “White Feather”, “Pilgrim” and “10.000ft.”

    Sure you get all the myriad of sounds from the influences that plague this band: Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Yes, Free…you name it. But for a change and a boast of freshness sure “old feels good”

    Long live to Arena Rock and all the good rock from 1975 through 1979

    Posted on March 15, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This is a much more mature album but maintains the full on rock influences of their eponymous effort plus a little bit of adventurousness.

    The opener ‘California Queen’ is followed by ‘New Moon Rising’ and it’s not hard to see why both these tracks have been released as singles. From this great opening pair Wolfmother continue the hard rocking with ‘Sundial’ offering some Hendrixesque guitar. ‘In The Morning’ slows things down but only for a moment. Hardly time to catch your breath before ‘10.000 Feet’ and the title track have one scratching their head for another influence superbly executed. Think of Budgie circa 1972 and it is very difficult not to draw the conclusion that Stockdale & Co have been exposed to this brilliantly neglected British band.

    ‘Far Away’ brings a temporary halt to the sonic barrage with a beautifully crafted song leaving the feeling that you’ve heard this before but can’t remember where or when. ‘In The Castle’ opens with an almost prog keyboard intro and psychedelic feel before Stockdale hits his strapes again. The concluding track ‘Violence of the Sun’ is the most surprising with the band sounding really comfortable with one another playing a mix of jazz and r’n'b with ‘wall of sound’ drumming. This is a new improved Wolfmother which will please old fans and probably gain some new ones.

    A definite step forward while maintaining the appeal of their first album. The new line-up gel well together but as before AS is the core and driving force behind Wolfmother.

    Posted on March 15, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Well, pleasant but not essential. It has been done thousand times better in the past (CAPTAIN BEYOND, SIR LORD BALTIMORE, BLUE CHEER, GRAVE, BUDGIE, BUFFALO, HACKENSACK, MEGATON, MADHASH, INCREDIBLE HOG, MOUNTAIN, ORANG-UTAN… the list is endless!).

    If you need great, devastating, authentic 70ies sounding heavy rock, better look for ORANGE SUNSHINE, DZENGHIS KHAN, SIENA ROOT, GRAVEYARD, LORD 13, WITCHCRAFT or HORISONT. This polished, somewhat forced effort should be your 2nd or 3rd priority.

    Posted on March 15, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now