The Sleeping Shaman is currently streaming “In Search Of” from Connecticut riff rock/retro metal unit LORD FOWL. The track comes by way of the band’s Glorious Babylon full-length, slated for release April 24th via Small Stone.
Across the record’s ten-track/thirty-seven-minute span, LORD FOWL raises their own bar. Following 2008’s Endless Dynamite and 2012’s Moon Queen, Glorious Babylon arrives as an awaited third chapter in LORD FOWL’s peculiar mythology, harnessing the spirit they’ve brought to stages up and down the East Coast, at SXSW, and beyond, breathing life once more into classic, soulful, and psychedelic heavy rock and roll.
With a sound just as likely to nod to Thin Lizzy and a heavy Funkadelic as to early Queen or Paul Di’Anno-era Iron Maiden, it is still the vision and classic purpose of their songwriting that brings the band together. Songs that rock. Old heads, new heads, riff-worshippers, and freaks: LORD FOWL have built a city just for you.
Notes the band of “In Search Of,” “Yeah, there’s elements of our sound that you can point at and make a reference to. But instead of wearing those many influences on our sleeves, LORD FOWL funnels all the hard rock, guitar-groove into an open-palm shove to your chest. Rolling out palms over amplifier knobs all to the right, we just push hard; through slower, stompier tunes, double-time scorchers, or pure riff, driving music, LORD FOWL rocks! Guaranteed to make you nod your head while you make that scrunched-up, ‘DAAAMN!,’ face when the music hits.”
Stream “In Search Of,” exclusively at The Sleeping Shaman, at THIS LOCATION.
Glorious Babylon will see release via Small Stone Recordings on CD, digital, and deluxe gatefold vinyl formats on April 24th. The vinyl edition — a German import pressing via Kozmik Artifactz — is limited to 500 and will be available in two color variants: transparent pink or clear with purple and white splatter. Fans of Queen, Dirty Honey, Rival Sons, Freedom Hawk, Crobot, Rival Sons, Greenleaf, Fu Manchu, La Chinga, and the like pay heed.
For preorders visit the Small Stone Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION where opening track, “Fire Discipline,” can be streamed.
LORD FOWL took shape in New Haven in the summer of 2007 with one goal: to write songs like those they grew up hearing. Songs that drive you. Songs that come alive. Songs that rock. With Glorious Babylon, their third LP and second to see release via Small Stone Records, LORD FOWL refuses to compromise this high standard, bringing forth the energy of their dynamic stage presence and dual lead vocals, as the song-craft of singer/guitarists Vechel Jaynes and Mike Pellegrino reaches its next level of progression.
Recorded at BirdsEye Studios in West Haven, producer and bassist Jon Conine (with the assistance of by Steve Hill) captures LORD FOWL’s vitality as only one part of the fray could hope to do, and though drummer Michael Petrucci has since left the band with Van Hartley stepping in to fill his significant percussive shoes, the drums provide the foundation of Glorious Babylon.