Tuesday 1 March 2016

Green Yeti - The Yeti Has Landed (Album Review)

Release date: February 19th 2016. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

The Yeti Has Landed – Tracklisting

1.The Yeti Has Landed 16:28
2.Acari 17:35
3.Old Man 19:21
4.Uppervols 09:06

Band Members:

Danis Avramidis - Bass
Michael Andresakis - Guitar and Vocals
Fotis Antoniou - Drums


In the realms of stoner rock, epicness is a virtue (epic riffs, epic length of songs, epic vocals) and you only have to listen to the genres centrepiece, the masterful Dopesmoker by Sleep to realise this. The Yeti Has Landed, the new album by Green Yeti follows in those same epic footprints and while this isn't a single song like Dopesmoker, the fact that the shortest song on here is over nine minutes long tells you all need to know. The album only has four songs on it mind you but they are full of ideas of greatness and grandeur.

The Yeti Has Landed starts with the title track and what sounds like the quaint sound of a dial up modem before a mammoth riff that Matt Pike would be proud of kicks in and gets this riffed up party started and it is obvious that Green Yetis influences may be the same as most stoner rock bands, they are no mere soundalikes and have their own groove going on.

It is these grooves together with the riffs, huge that they are that define the Green Yeti experience and this album is jam packed full of both of them and the songs are tantamount to massive jams with riff after riff after riff tearing out and vocals coming in and out of the songs whenever the band feels like it, especially on second track Acari which has a massive sounding and brooding intro that lasts for almost half the song before the huge riffs and the vocals kick in. The vocals of frontman Michael Andresakis (who is also the bands guitarist and responsible for the riffs) veer between a low slung growl and a soaring bellow that is reminiscent of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell.

The Green Yeti rhythm section of bassist Danis Avramidis and drummer Fotis Antoniou hold down the groove on The Yeti Has Landed with consummate ease, with the bass sounding particularly powerful and menacing throughout the album especially when the low-end pounds throughout the mammoth sounding Acari and the albums masterpiece, the sprawling Old Man, a journey of a song with many twists and turns from a riff led opening that will get your head banging to a slower and groovier mid paced section where the Cornell-esque anthemic vocals soar powerfully and that low-end really kicks in and finally an electric and eclectic conclusion with an evil Sabbath sounding riff, this track has it all and flies by despite its vast length.

When The Yeti Has Landed's brilliant final track, the more mournful and feedback shrouded Uppervols has rung out its last notes, the feeling of epicness is felt throughout and you when you start to piece together what you have just heard, you will want to experience the epic journey again right from the start.

Words by Gavin Brown