Goatsnake, Black Age Blues 2LP
The first album from the Los Angeles-based band in fifteen years. Black Age Blues is an instant classic, with each one of the nine songs an anthem, and each of the four band members on top form. Everything is magnified, Pete Stahl's vocals have never sounded so good, the rhythm section comprised of Greg Rogers on drums and Scott Renner on bass are the driving force on each track, and Greg Anderson's riffs are heavier than ever before. Appearing on the album intro to "Another River to Cross" is acoustic guitar courtesy of David Pajo (Slint, Aerial M, Papa M), this track also contains previously released recordings from "The River" by Goatsnake. Piano is played by Mathias Schneeberger and Petra Haden contributes violin and vocals. Anotehr welcome addition to the album, across multiple tracks are brilliant backing vocals by Dem Preacher's Daughters - Wendy Moten, Gale Mayes and Andrea Merrit. On production duties is Nick Raskulinecz, who, since being introduced to Dave Grohl during the recording sessions of their last album Flower of Disease, has gone on to work with seminal artists such as Rush, Alice in Chains, Mastodon and Ghost, and has won Grammys with The Foo Fighters.