Review: Wolfmother's 'Victorious'

Category:  The Arts
Thursday, February 25th, 2016 at 1:34 PM
Review: Wolfmother's 'Victorious' by Kimberly Firestine

As a follow-up to their 2014 release “New Crown,” Australian band Wolfmother released their fourth full-length album titled “Victorious” on Feb. 19. Their new release brings the hard rock styles of older bands back to the front of the modern-day rock pack.  It’s the kind of album that could help bridge the gap between different generational ideas of what rock music “really” is, but is a little too close to sounding like Led Zepplin, Def Leopard or Foreigner for comfort. The singer, Andrew Stockdale, has a sort of Black Sabbath-era Ozzy Osbourne tone, noticeable throughout the LP.

For fans of a solid bass playing performance, provided by bassist and keyboardist Ian Peress, “Happy Face” is your go-to track. In the title track, an ode to a woman hell-bent on getting her way, Stockdale sings “she will be victorious and won't get the battle loss. Always-a mysterious, ‘cause she will be victorious.” "Pretty Peggy" is the album’s cool-down track, laced with more acoustic guitar and light percussion than the rest of the songs on the album. While it is more reminiscent of current indie bands like The Lumineers, its stray from the other tracks’ style isn’t necessarily a bad one. It works well with the flow of the album and serves as a nice cushion before the album’s best song “City Lights,” which sets pace for the rest of the album with its strong chord progressions and driving percussion. A bonus track on the Best Buy exclusive edition, “Remove Your Mask,” is featured in the film Zoolander 2.

If you’re looking for something to give you those “spring feelings” to fight off the winter blues, “Victorious” might be your cure, or at least serve as the perfect placebo. It may be anachronistic, considering you hardly hear bands of this kind still making music, but it’s a good filler for the space that 80’s metal left behind. When it comes down to it, “Victorious” is a solid rock album.

 You can catch Wolfmother currently on the remainder of their US Tour, which will be followed by several dates across Europe. “Victorious” is available on iTunes, in stores and streaming on Spotify now. 

Wolfmother is Stockdale (vocals and guitar), Peress (bass and keyboard) and touring drummer Alex Carapetis.

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