Saturday 23 November 2019

KAMCHATKA - Hoodoo Lightning (Album Review)

Release date: December 06th 2019. Label: Border Music. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Hoodoo Lightning – Tracklisting

1. Blues Science Pt 1 Thunder Rise
2. Blues Science Pt 2 Hoodoo Lightning
3. Fool
4. Rainbow Ridge
5. Supersonic Universe
6. Monster
7. Let It Roll
8. Stay In The Wind
9. El Hombre Dorado
10. A Drifter's Tale


Thomas Juneor Andersson - Vocals, Guitars & percussion
Tobias Strandvik - Drums & Percussion
Per Wiberg - Vocals, Bass & Keys


Hoodoo Lightning is the 7th album from Swedish Blues/Stoner Rock legends KAMCHATKA and it’s good to see the guys back after a small break back in 2017. This album sees the band re-invent their trademark Blues/Stoner Rock sound with a more grittier edge with the music being more hard-edged compared to their previous albums.

This is still KAMCHATKA but it feels they’ve rediscovered their passion for all things HARD ROCK. As this is perhaps the heaviest the album has done in years. The songs are more Psychedelic than I originally expected but their Blues Rock influence remains a constant theme woven into the fabric of the entire album. Hoodoo Lightning is a CLASSIC ROCK ALBUM in every sense of the word with KAMCHATKA leaving no doubt they’re one of the best Blues/Stoner Rock bands currently out there.

The songs allow KAMCHATKA to show fans that they’re hungrier as ever for delivering fast-paced grooves with a twinge of HEAVY METAL appearing here and there. The opening two-part song – Black Science – is the perfect way to open the album. As it shows the band’s new sound whilst still retaining the essence that made the band so well known in the first place.

Second song - Blues Science Pt 2 Hoodoo Lightning – is perhaps the strongest part of the two-part song as KAMCHATKA start to become more comfortable with their musical surroundings and the superb vocals just add an extra layer of class to the overall feel of the album. The music drifts into different styles of music such as Classic Rock, Stoner Rock, Blues Rock and Psych Rock and still sounds remarkably fresh and original.

The album moves along at a cracking pace with songs such as Fool, Rainbow Bridge and Supersonic Universe with many hard-rocking moments to worship and admire. Rainbow Bridge and Supersonic Universe are two of the best songs on the album with KAMCHATKA playing some of the best grooves on the album especially when the Stoner Rock riffs go into overdrive.

The second half of the album sees KAMTCHATKA continue with their grittier style of Psych/Blues/Stoner Rock with a few surprises along the way. The instrumental work from all 3 members is good as ever with the tight bond between Thomas, Tobias and Per being the main strength of the whole album.

Standout songs on the second half of the album are: Monster, Let It Roll and A Drifter’s Tale.

Overall, Hoodoo Lightning is the album that KAMCHATKA needed to release and it shows the band have a lot more groovy stories to tell and I’m grateful that there are bands such as KAMCHATKA still around to show the world how to release a fantastic sounding Blues/Stoner Rock album.

If you’re new to the world of KAMCHATKA then this is the perfect album to introduce yourselves to this amazing band. Long-time fans will no doubt embrace this album with open arms and enjoy what is perhaps their best album to date.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Claire at Purple Sage PR for the promo. Hoodoo Lightning will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Border Music on December 6th 2019.