Tuesday, May 17, 2011
OOOAAARDVARK - "The Alpha Compound" (2010) [Mars/Antarctica Recording Co.]
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, OOOAAARDVARK (pronounced 'triple owe aardvark') is a 4-piece, female-lead progressive rock band. No, not like your standard Porcupine Tree/King Crimson/Ayreon sort of progressive rock band, instead OOOAAARDVARK brings something different to the table. Under the guise of a groovy, sleazy sort of garage rock band like, oh I don't know, maybe a more talented The White Stripes, OOO draws influence from psychedelic folk band Espers, technical groove metal kings Meshuggah, and, of course, TOOL. To be completely honest, this is probably the most accessible release I've reviewed for this site. It's catchy, it's not too heavy...hell, I wouldn't second guess it if I heard a track off of The Alpha Compound on some random XM radio station. This is just one of those albums where you can really get into it at first listen. I know this (along with Kvelertak's full-length) will be in constant rotation for summer drives with the window down.
So, if you want a fun, rocking album with progressive twists strewn about, I'd say approach this album without hesitation; you'll be bobbing your head in no time. Stream/download the album here, but I'd recommend picking up a physical copy here just for the amazing art book, featuring photography by Georgian artist Sophie Berdzenishvili.
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