Album Review: Wolfmother – Victorious

wolfmother-victorious-album-cover-artWolfmother – Victorious

Hard Rock | Heavy Metal

48%

When Wolfmother released their eponymous debut album 10 years ago, they were the talk of the town. The Australian band suddenly seemed like a possible rival for contemporary bands such as The White Stripes and Queens of the Stone Age. Sadly Andrew Stockdale, the only consistent member of the band, has never come close to replicating the success of the debut, if anything he keeps heading in the wrong direction. The most common complaint about latter day Wolfmother is that they are an unimaginative rehash of 70s rock bands like Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. Victorious is a bland and unoriginal “heavy metal by numbers”. The band have long since lost their edge, the closest that they come on this album is the final track ‘Eye of the Beholder’. ‘Pretty Peggy’ is an interesting acoustic interlude which feels like a nice change of pace even though the song itself leaves a lot to be desired. Victorious feels more like a defeat, half-heartedly ripping off half the rock bands from Stockdale’s record collection in an attempt to stay afloat. The only real redeeming feature is the fact that the album artwork is a marked improvement from the last couple of albums.

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