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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.

Hailing from San Diego, California, Joe Daly is an award-winning music journalist with over thirty years experience. Since 2010, Joe has been a regular contributor for Metal Hammer, penning cover features, news stories, album reviews and other content. Joe also writes for Classic Rock, Bass Player, Men’s Health and Outburn magazines. He has served as Music Editor for several online outlets and he has been a contributor for SPIN, the BBC and a frequent guest on several podcasts. When he’s not serenading his neighbours with black metal, Joe enjoys playing hockey, beating on his bass and fawning over his dogs.