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Wolfmother: Victorious

Australia’s rock revivalists revive themselves

Reports of Wolfmother’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

The Grammy-winning revivalists from Down Under return with their follow-up to 2014’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it New Crown, their self-released digital outing that withered from critical and popular neglect. This time around, hooking up with producer Brendan O’Brien (AC/DC, Pearl Jam), Andrew Stockdale returns to the grandiose, full-throttle fervour of the debut, the 10 tracks bristling with crunchy riffs, piledriver tempos and chest-beating choruses large enough to merit their own postal codes.

Belters like Victorious and City Lights erupt with taut, muscular hooks while Eye Of The Beholder unfurls from a punchy, mid-tempo funk number into an exhilarating, sweat-drenched gallop to the finish. While early 70s references abound, that era’s rock was dominated by a jammy looseness that’s absent in Wolfmother’s ornate, yet tightly-crafted sound and Victorious marks a gratifying return to form.

Balanced by jangly acoustic rockers like Best Of A Bad Situation and Pretty Peggy’s hooky acoustic confections, Victorious is ideally digested as a whole, preferably with loudspeakers on the top of a mountain.

Joe Daly

Camped out in Southern California, Joe pens features, reviews albums and covers live shows for Metal Hammer and Classic Rock. When he’s not bothering his neighbours with Rammstein, Joe’s typically off playing ice hockey, fumbling around on a bass or letting his dogs guilt him into a nice long walk.