Kamchatka – Long Road Made of Gold
Release date: May 22, 2015
I must admit at this time of year I become sentimental for all things summer and especially for …(cue the eagle and the fireworks) …dadada….good old “American Freedom…” of which we seem at times to be slipping the opposite way.
So, to quell these feelings of longing for the good ole freedom, of the lawless “Wild Wild West.” Of which I refer to the real west, not the awesome 1960′ TV Series or even the cringe worthy 1999 movie. I spend some free time watching great western movies of the past. Preferably i.e. anything with Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin or Clint Eastwood.
I am especially pleased to add that this year’s love fest of all things symbolizing freedom and the American way includes an exceptional album put out by a Swedish (yep, I said it), stoner, western-induced band. Said band being Kamchatka, and said album being Long Road Made of Gold… which it is, both a good trip and you do find gold–Right off the bat.
This mark’s the trio’s sixth album since forming back in early 2000’s, and features the wealthy talents of vocalist/guitarist Thomas ‘Juneor’ Andersson, bassist Per Wiberg (ex-Opeth, Spiritual Beggars), and drummer Tobias Strandvik.
Now before you turn up your nose at a band from Sweden infusing the freedom of the old American west into their music. Let me remind you that “spaghetti” westerns were a product of Italy and gave us such gems as: “A Fistful of Dollars” and “Red Sun”…
Ok, now that that’s out of the way lets get back to the band and the album at hand. A fine piece of work filled with little musical gems like the first track: “Take Me Back Home”. The song opens with an intro that will blow your mind in all of its inventive banjo-esqueness, and lead in to good old fashioned rockin’ drums and a surge of energy. This is followed up by the overtly catchy and infectious, “Get your Game On”. This one will make your heart squeal, “Yes, pass me the whiskey. And where have you been all my life?” Or maybe that’s just me?
We wind our way through such satisfyingly snakey turns as “Made of Gold”… and “Human Dynamo”… and arrive off into the high desert overlooking such musical mirages as “Rain”; which will quench your parched throat just long enough to get you through the next couple of songs until your heart finds what it was searching for in my favorite tune, “Slowly Drifting Away”. With its down and dirty bass and powerful guitar accompanying soulful vocals “Slowly Drifting Away” induces a dream-like state of bliss.
Our journey is then continued back on our dry river bed leading us to the final destination where we can belly up to the saloon bar and tell of our magnificent ride along the open plain. I have to point out that each of Kamchatka’s tunes has some of the finest intros your ever likely to hear on the same album; Which winds down on “Long Road”, with its drumbeat of spiritual and ancient tones giving us a haunting and eerie feeling of the beings that although unseen may be lurking around us. (Again, could be just me) Finally we get the last piece of gold treasure with, “To You”, which gets us to the sweet spot where travel happens in our minds and leaves us longing for our next adventure.
This album will wash over you in a cleansing and satisfying wave that will fuel your imagination for days after.
I give it 9 set of freedom clanging spurs…Just in time for Fourth of July….Entity says check it out…
and check out our recent interview with Kamchatka.