Tuesday 5 June 2018

1968 - Ballads Of The Godless (Album Review)

Release date: July 06th 2018. Label: Hevisike Records. Format: CD/DD

Ballads Of The Godless – Tracklisting

Screaming Sun
Temple Of The Acidwolf
Chemtrail Blues
The Hunted
Mother Of God


Vocals – Jimi Coppack
Guitar – Sam Orr
Bass – The Bear
Drums – Dan Amati

The Lowdown

1968 return with their debut full length album - Ballads Of The Godless. The band released their debut EP to minor critical acclaim last year and that release showed how 1968 sound was very hard to define. Ballads Of The Godless sees 1968 opt for a more straightforward sound that merges elements of Psych, Classic Rock, Stoner Rock and Grunge. The primary influences for the band on this album seems to be Kyuss and Alice In Chains.

Opening track - Devilswine - has a twisted Kyuss Desert/Stoner Rock sound but with Alice In Chains style vocals and dark gloomy lyrics that has the band creating heavy FUZZ based sound. 1968 add a heavy psychedelic groove to their music and the album revels in it's gloriously heavy Grunge/Stoner Rock sound.

Second song - Screaming Sun - carries on the same psychedelic sound with the band adding soulful vocals that soon builds upto a more volatile atmosphere. You can hear elements of classic sounding Truckfighters style FUZZ but the band adds a more doomier feel with the bleak and reflective lyrics contained within the song.

Third track - Temple Of The Acidwolf - is where the album becomes way too trippy and psychedelic compared to other songs on the album. The band counter balance this with huge sounding Layne Staley inspired vocals and this allows 1968 to create the best song on the album. This is gloriously heavy and full of different progressive sounds that leave you wanting more.

Fourth song - S.I.D. - is an acoustic number that allows the band to play a more soothing style of music. The second half of the album follows the same path with 1968 focusing more on their Psychedelic Heavy Sound. The standout songs on the second half have to be: McQueen and Hunted - as this is where the band thrive creating a more distorted and drone based sound. You can even here elements of Classic Rock and Blues Rock being played on different parts of the album.

1968 manage to create highly original music of their own. Especially when they play a more distinctive psychedelic rock/metal groove. Ballads Of The Godless is an album that has something for everyone and one that has everlasting appeal across the whole Hard Rock/Heavy Metal spectrum.

If you're a fan of Psych, Classic, Desert Rock, Grunge and Stoner Rock then Ballads Of The Godless is as good as it gets. An outstanding record.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Curtis at Dewar PR for the promo. Ballads Of The Godless will be available to buy on CD/DD via Hevisike Records from July 06th 2018.