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CD REVIEW: PURITAN – LizzyBlues & Death EP

| 2 February 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: PURITAN – LizzyBlues & Death EP
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
7 ½ /10

Puritan - Lizzyblues & Death

Formed (presumably at midnight) at an unholy crossroads where doom metal has unprotected sex with unadulterated Thin Lizzy-worship, Adelaide’s Puritan are an oddity to say the least.

Opener Shaman sounds like Soundgarden playing ‘80s Sabbath – which isn’t a bad thing, just for the record. The Lizzy influences are here, but just peeking out through the cracks.

In A Bad Crowd, however, doesn’t sugarcoat things: the Lizzyisms are there in the guitar and drums, and the vocal phrasing – albeit downtuned, turned up and given a heavy makeover.

As weird a combo as a solitary-guitar doom-Lizzy might seem on paper, Puritan have made a groovy and trippy little EP here, and deserve kudos for not trying to pretend their influences are anything other than they obviously are.

Coyote Blues sounds exactly like pre-debut album Sabbath jamming with Lizzy in Kyuss’s studio, its bouncy rhythms keeping things lively, whilst Travellers Of Cosmic Rebirth starts out with Planet Caravan as its touchstone, before launching into another Kyuss-meets-Lizzy full frontal assault.

With primal influences worn so proudly on their sleeves, it’s hard not to get into Puritan’s raucous mishmash and once you’ve forgiven them for their brazen lifting of the classics, your head and heart will likely follow them on their chosen journey.

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