Rating: 7 out of 10
Greta Van Fleet’s first full release From the Fires borrows heavily from the first three Led Zeppelin albums with an added sprinkling of some great Black Crowes riffs. Vocalist Josh Kiszka sounds so remarkably like early Robert Plant that your head will spin. Brother Jake Kiska provides the Page inspired guitar work.
“Safari Song” kicks things off with a rocking Black Crowes-esque beginning that is taken to another level with power-packed drumming by Danny Wagner. “Flower Power” harkens back to Led Zeppelin III and does it quite well. The acoustic guitar, keyboards, and vocals make for a pleasant listen. More early Zeppelin sound is prevalent during the powerful rocker “Highway Tune”. It is hard not to love the formula of a great guitar riff, slamming drums, driving bass and kick ass vocals. This song hooks you in and never lets go. The original four songs from the debut EP released earlier this year; “Highway Tune”, “Safari Song” Flower Power” and “Black Smoke Rising” are definitely the standouts although new song “Talk on the Street” is a must listen just for the guitar solo alone. The musicianship throughout is outstanding.
In summary, if you want classic rock sounding songs by new up and coming artist with a lot of talent, pick up From the Fires today. You will not be disappointed.
Review written by Joe Becht. Follow him on Twitter @JoeBecht