Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Gypsy Chief Goliath-Black Samurai-Single

Black Vulture Records

It's fair enough to say that this single, while not years past it's initial release date, is still a bit on the older side of things. That being said, "Black Samurai" just recently found a way to sneak into my inbox and, in doing so, it managed to draw me in (or at least it peaked my interest) like a tiny bug flying smack dab into a spider's web! Besides, it's not like good music ever goes out of style right? So yeah, I am usually a stickler for posting music more "fresh" (date-wise) and all that jazz, but I'll just say it folks-good music, especially if we're talking about some form of stoner rock, will always get a pass from me. With that thrown out there for public consumption, who really cares if it abides by our silly concept of time or not! So, with that long bit of rock and roll rambling out of the way, what exactly are we looking at with this single? Well my friends let's just say that this Canadian act had me hooked as soon as the harmonica kicked in!  Yes, I said a harmonica. That, in and of itself, doesn't sound all that impressionable I realize, but there's more to this bunch that must be acknowledged. You see, when you're talking about a band like Gypsy Chief Goliath (or G.C.G for short) which just so happens to indulge in a southern-fried form of stoner rock then well, this single takes on a whole new life of it's own! The single "Black Samurai" does bring to mind Black Sabbath (and rightly so as they seem to be the idol of just about every stoner rock band out there these days!), but it also sounds as if it's been force-fed some Thin Lizzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd and "God Of Thunder" Kiss! It's not often then that you'll find a band like this right? One would imagine that G.C.G probably has some ZZ Top LPs mixed in with their Pentagram and Saint Vitus ones, but time (and a supposed second album that's in the works) will tell just how much southern gravy this bunch will decide to smoother their brand of heavy doom. For now though you can find this single, as well as their 2012 album, "It's a Walk in the Mist", on iTunes.

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