Tridroid Records does it again with the new Wicked Inquisition album! I was recommended to try them by King Curtis, and I loved their ‘Silence Thereafter’ ep. And the album cover entices us with five impish ladies bathing in a lake. So you know what to expect, a laid back stoner-riff-ic slab of 70s hedonism, with goblins, and maybe a wizard or two.
Opening track ‘Black Magik Nacht’ kicks off from the get go, with delicious Troublesome chugging riffs, with some beautifully simple plectrum work. And ‘Crimson Odyssey’ has some lead guitars worthy of Sabbath, Vitus and the like with a dab, or a tab of psychedelia.
The 4 piece from Minnesota formed in 2008, and still look annoyingly young (I still haven’t been able to find the elixir of youth), yet this sounds such a rounded and mature album. Nate Towle the guitarist/vocalist wanted to fuse his love of Sabbath, Budgie and Blue Oyster Cult, and I can really hear the Budgie influence in the teasing guitar scales.
‘M.A.D’ slows down a pace with a wee gallop towards the end. ‘Death of Man’ reminds me of Atomic Rooster, and it’s got a bit of cowbell….at last!! If this album is the sound of the summer 2015 I won’t be upset. And the anti-Beatles statement ‘Tomorrow Always Knows’ kicks me like Elastica’s ‘Line Up’ (Britpop for those uneducated) do they know something that Lennon & McCartney didn’t?!
The eponymous album closer I would imagine is a killer when played live… like Black Sabbath, Motorhead, or even Bad Company. And let’s hope we get to see Wicked Inquisition play locally soon!
Label: Tridroid Records
Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 05/08/2015
Band info: Facebook