The Vintage Caravan wield immense, primal riffs on the aptly titled Monuments

Out now: behold the glory of the riff on Icelandic trio The Vintage Caravan's fifth album Monuments

The Vintage Caravan: Monuments
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It would be difficult to imagine a more appropriate title for album number five from Icelandic trio The Vintage Caravan; Monuments is immense, primal heavy rock, with the influence of Black Sabbath, Cream, Led Zeppelin and sundry proto-metal bands running deep within its groovy veins. 

Much like their earlier albums, really, except that this time round there seems to be an even greater focus on strong melodies and songcraft. 

Full-flight opener Whispers reels around an instantly memorable riff and chorus; Dark Times blazes like a psychedelic Iron Maiden; Torn In Two seems, basically, to be a wonderful excuse for a ferocious guitar solo. 

At eight minutes-plus each, the two cosmic yin and yang standouts, though, must be middle track Forgotten and closer Clarity, the former fast and thrashy with bags of old-school attack, the latter lysergically mellow and dreamy, with a lengthy instrumental ending. 

The Vintage Caravan just get better and better.

Essi Berelian

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.