Bart M. : Rifflord finally has a new record out! It took these American stoners eight years before they recorded their sophomore album, but the result is here and it is smoking! It would be quite a challenge to write a review about it without using the word "riff", and I won't, because '7 Cremation Ground/Meditation' is packed with tasty and heavy riffs. What else would one expect with a bandname like this? The album has one of the strongest openings that I have heard in a long while, very simply, by living up to the name Rifflord. After a spoken introduction we are treated to some very powerful riffage, powerful enough to make everything that comes next sound okay. But it does not need to, because what is next is awesome as well. 'Dead Flower Child', the second song, is the ideal combination of careless metal and heavy hooks. And that, my friend, is what this whole album is made out of.
Next to Wyatt Bronc's enthusiastic vocals and the sharp, explosive guitars and bass, the organ is also generously present. This makes the guitar sound somewhat numb at times. I am still not a supporter of using the organ on an equal level with the guitars, but that is what is going on here. If that is what you like, this album is a true Valhalla. Rifflord does not just have a playful rock 'n roll side (and damn, how this rocks!), and it proves this with 'Poison Mother', a song where keyboardist Tory Jean takes over the microphone. The atmosphere instantly turns from heavy metal stoner to a more doomy presence. Rifflord is enthusiastic, delicious and heavy, and it takes us along into a world of black magic, electric funerals and Dakotan darkness. And has a lot of Sabbath references. I think this is an album that you will appreciate a lot.