Wim S. : The German band Giant Sleep are (finally) set to release their second full-length album, 'Move A Mountain'. For those who do not know the band: Giant Sleep consists of five experienced musicians from Germany and Switzerland who have a common love for rock in all of its appearances. In particular doom and stoner (Black Sabbath, Kyuss, QOTSA) and classic rock (Led Zeppelin, King Crimson, Rainbow) are a source of inspiration for the gentlemen.
So it is obvious: this album rocks. Sometimes heavy, slow and pounding, then again up-tempo ('Freewill Myth') and wherever it can also psychedelic ('Forever Under Ground'). The guitarists Patrick Hagmann (who I know of the unprecedented but never really successful band Pigeon Toe) and Markus Edgar Ruf are very well-matched; they are spreading strong riffs all over the place and their more complex chord schemes never seem to be a problem for these guys. I particularly like the drums of Manuel Spänhauser: that man plays his parts very loose and tight and he makes sure that everyone stays together Well done. I'm not sure what I think of singer Thomas Rosenmerkel (who used to be part of Destruction!). After listening just once I was not really convinced by his vocals, but after a few spins, I found something that I like: the guy has something. Not all songs are equally appealing ('Failsafe Plan', what a crap track) but generally the music of Giant Sleep is rich. And that seems to be a nice word to describe your music, right?