13 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rival Sons are influenced by '70s riffmongers ranging from Led Zeppelin to Foghat, but they’re not anchored to that period; theirs is more of a modern retro sound. Head Down starts out hot and rarely lets up on the gritty, bluesy guitar licks, hooks, airtight drums, and pounding, straight-ahead bass lines. The real clincher is lead singer Jay Buchanan, whose voice is a shot of power and adrenaline in the vein of Chris Cornell or Chris Robinson. Head Down is mostly heavy, air-guitar rock, as in the swaggering “Keep on Swinging” and “You Want To.” Rival Sons head for epic on the 13-minute, two-part psychedelic opus “Manifest Destiny,” complete with an extended guitar solo and Native American history narrative. But they mix it up, too, with the sunny uptempo pop of “Until the Sun Comes” and “Wild Animal,” the soulful power ballad “Jordan,” and the folky closer “True.” Head Down is a visceral, hard-charging ride.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rival Sons are influenced by '70s riffmongers ranging from Led Zeppelin to Foghat, but they’re not anchored to that period; theirs is more of a modern retro sound. Head Down starts out hot and rarely lets up on the gritty, bluesy guitar licks, hooks, airtight drums, and pounding, straight-ahead bass lines. The real clincher is lead singer Jay Buchanan, whose voice is a shot of power and adrenaline in the vein of Chris Cornell or Chris Robinson. Head Down is mostly heavy, air-guitar rock, as in the swaggering “Keep on Swinging” and “You Want To.” Rival Sons head for epic on the 13-minute, two-part psychedelic opus “Manifest Destiny,” complete with an extended guitar solo and Native American history narrative. But they mix it up, too, with the sunny uptempo pop of “Until the Sun Comes” and “Wild Animal,” the soulful power ballad “Jordan,” and the folky closer “True.” Head Down is a visceral, hard-charging ride.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
143 Ratings

143 Ratings

Digitalkaptures ,

A refreshing blast of new classic tones..Rival Sons Rocks

Head Down does it again, capturing the blowback old school rock tones, riffs and rhytms with a modern flair. No doubt there are a mixture of Zepplin, Doors, Cream, Iron Butterfly and WolfMother, stirred all up and served up in a mega size blast of rock you just don't hear too much of these days.

Timezerobass ,

Head Down

Rival Sons have once again taken their influences from the best of the best rock bands of the last 50 years and created a brilliant album. There's something to like for everyone here, from catchy uptempo party tunes, to sledgehammer blues, to psychedelic monsters. Think 1965-1969 filtered through a nuclear generator, fueled by Godzilla Breath. Gotta go back to Led Zeppelin to find a band with four players that are as talented, tasty, and creative. Their Samurai creative process shows, as every tune sounds immediate and impactful as they leap out of the speakers. Best of luck for Jay, Mike, Robin, and Scott for 2012 and beyond.

Tiff Klien ,

Real deal

These guys are the real deal. I have listened to music for 40 years and have heard a lot of bands and these guys are the best new music I have heard in over 20 years. The second I heard them I knew they were great. Within minutes i ownned all their albums. I jam them all the time. From the awesome drumming, to the great guitar work and the spectacular vocals these guys are the real deal. They should be bigger than they are.

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