Kick your weekend off with some bonged-out, psychedelic-tinged stoner rock courtesy of GREENLEAF and “Ocean Deep.”
The latest number comes by way of the Swedish unit’s upcoming new long player, Trails And Passes, set for release via Small Stone Recordings later this month. Recorded by former GREENLEAF/Demon Cleaner/Dozer drummer Karl Daniel Lidén at Studio Gröndahl and mixed and mastered by Lidén at Tri-Lamb Studios, Trails And Passes’ nine tracks draws out the best talents of each individual member, resulting in a modern rock amalgam that’s as impossible to simplify as it is futile to want to.
Expounds The Obelisk upon assessment of the release, “Trails And Passes emerges as an album that’s exceedingly easy to listen to on repeat. ‘Our Mother Ash’ and ‘Ocean Deep’ set up a series of tradeoffs between straight-ahead rockers and more contemplative material that continues until ‘Trails And Passes’ caps with a blend of the airier elements at work on ‘Depth Of The Sun,’ ‘With Eyes Wide Open’ and ‘Bound To Be Machines’ and the irresistible push of the cowbell-infused ‘Equators’ (on which both Lidén’s production and Olsson’s creative fills are distinguished) and the have-chorus-will-travel ‘The Drum,’ Bäcke serving as the foundation for a finale worthy both of GREENLEAF‘s past efforts and the considerable achievements of their current incarnation.” Adds Global Domination, “The riffs are long, the drumming is intense, the vocals are ferocious, and the album has a very ’70s feel to it. The production is very clean and this is their finest album yet. The entire album has an early Deep Purple influence. Tommi Holappa keeps the guitar on an even keel from start to finish. Arvid Jonsson is tight and melodious, Sebastian Olsson is groovy. He knows how to keep the listeners swinging to the beat and Bengt Backe keeps the bass rumbling and growling. The band is clear, crisp and the sum is so much greater than the parts.”
Sink “Ocean Deep” with GREENLEAF, now playing at Doomed And Stoned blog at THIS LOCATION.
And if you missed it, check out opening track, “Our Mother Ash” HERE.
GREENLEAF has weathered a revolving cast of characters since their arrival on the scene, but the one constant bond that has repeatedly drawn them together, every few years, like an irresistible gravitational force, is a shared musical vision, straddling the realms of stoner and alternative rock. Such was the case when GREENLEAF first assembled behind Lowrider vocalist Peter Bergstrand for their eponymous 2000 debut EP, welcomed Dozer frontman Fredrik Nordin for is 2001 follow-up, Revolution Rock, added Demon Cleaner guitarist Daniel Jansson for 2003’s Secret Alphabets, integrated Truckfighters vocalist Oskar Cedermalm in time for 2007’s Agents Of Ahriman, and powered ahead behind reliable mainstay, guitarist Tommi Holappa for 2012’s Nest Of Vipers. And now GREENLEAF is again on the move, bidding Cedermalm farewell and welcoming new recruits in frontman Arvid Jonsson and drummer Sebastian Olsson, who joined Holappa and long-serving bassist Bengt Bäcke in time to record (incidentally, with no outside help, guest musicians, or other additives) what would become GREENLEAF‘s next and fifth long-player, Trails And Passes.
With a long, winding career that now sees GREENLEAF categorically divesting itself of any lingering “side project” associations, GREENLEAF has officially be elevated to the proverbial next level with the abundant strengths of Trails And Passes. Recommended for adherents of Dozer, Brain Police, Sasquatch, Graveyard, Monster Magnet, Clutch, Roadsaw, Truckfighters, Lowrider and The Socks.
In related news, GREENLEAF will spread their hypnotic rock requiems across European stages this Spring on a seventeen-date journey that will take the band through Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Denmark with additional live performances being arranged for the Fall. See confirmed dates below.
GREENLEAF Live 2014:
5/22/2014 Schaubude – Kiel, DE w/ S.N.O.
5/23/2014 Vinyl Groove Music Fest @ Musicon – The Hague, NL
5/24/2014 Ostbunker – Osnabruck, DE
5/25/2014 Jägerklause – Berlin, DE w/ S.N.O.
5/26/2014 Ostpol – Dresden, DE w/S.N.O.
5/27/2014 KuBa – Jena, DE
5/28/2014 Komune – Offenbach, DE
5/29/2014 Alte Hackerei – Karlsruhe, DE w/ S.N.O.
5/30/2014 7er Club – Mannheim, DE
5/31/2014 Coq d’or – Olten, CH
6/02/2014 Gibus Cafe – Paris, FR
6/03/2014 Sojo – Leuven, BE
6/04/2014 Waldmeister – Solingen, DE
6/05/2014 The Bruch Brothers – Luzern, CH
6/07/2014 PulPub – Nijmegen, NL w/ Tank 86
6/08/2014 Loppen – Copenhagen, DK
9/04/2014 Moon Club – Cardiff, UK w/ Steak
9/05/2014 Kraak – Manchester, UK w/ Steak
9/06/2014 The Borderline – London, UK w/ Steak, Sedulus
10/04/2014 Up In Smoke Festival – Pratteln, CH w/ Dozer, Kadavar, Ufomammut etc.
10/01/2014 Blue Moon Festival – Cottbus, DE
11/28/2014 Rocksound – Barcelona, SP
11/29/2014 Wurlitzer Ballroom – Madrid, SP