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Haddock - Haddock

by David Fernandez at 31 January 2014, 7:40 PM

Don’t know much about HADDOCK except they’re four dudes from Sweden named Gordon, Jimmy, Bob and Gonzo (probably not their birth names I guess) and play a Stoner Rock sound that sits somewhere between CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and CLUTCH. I guess I don’t need to know their background to tell you if this release is any good. And “Haddock” is actually quite enjoyable, showcasing some groovy, swinging riffs that are incredible infectious.

The undulating, grooving riffs are HADDOCK’s greatest strength and will surely induce some head banging and foot tapping. Album opener "Collision, Demolition" for instance has a big bluesy riff like something CORROSION OF CONFORMITY might have pulled off during “Deliverance”-era, it’s upbeat and downright catchy. Throughout the remaining four songs the four-piece sound clearly comfortable in doing what they're doing, flirting with classic, tried-and-true SABBATH-inspired riffs that no matter how many times we’ve heard them before, it’s always nice to hear them again.

If you’re into Stoner Rock in the vein of CLUTCH, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and FU MANCHU, “Haddock” is definitely worth taking a listen.

3 Star Rating

1. Collision Demolition
2. Unholy Smoke
3. Cruicifer
4. The Devil in These Guys
5. What Ghosts Around
Gordon - Vocals
Jimmy - Guitars
Bob - Bass
Gonzo - Drums
Record Label: Big Balls Production


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