I adore the modern bands that revive the 60s/70s sound and remind us of when the music was more natural and from-the-heart. Wheel In The Sky is one of them; formed in 2014 “after a one night stand in a damp basement with the urge to create something”, this Swedish act released their debut album “Heading For The Night” in 2015. Having discovered the band by chance on Instagram last year, I fell in love with their sound! Now they are back with a brand new release called “Beyond The Pale”… Let’s dig deep.
Just like the previous release, “Beyond The Pale” follows the same direction and vision the band offers; an organic sound heavily inspired by 60s/70s psych-rock. The songs will stay in the your mind in a form of ‘that one guitar riff’ or ‘those lyrics in that song’, which is one of the big pros of this release overall. I personally found the drumming a bit weak and maybe in the underground but when their sound is considered, I guess it’s kinda clear that they wanna focus more on the guitars and vocals.
One thing I loved with Wheel In The Sky from the beginning is how they pay their great tribute to the 60s/70s psych, rock sound and this is also the case with the record; consistency is one of their strength so far. The band is not trying too hard and their sound is not over-polished but it’s rather organic and from-the heart; it almost feels like the band gathered around and recorded their jam session. Surely, it doesn’t bring anything new to the scene or experiment but it’s rather the straightforward, simple and ‘chill’ approach that make this release solid.
“Beyond The Pale” marks a milestone in this Swedish act’s musical career for sure. It’s maybe nothing new but surely one of my highlights of this year. Fans of rock music but especially fans of the 60s/70s rock, keep an eye on these guys and get the album. You will love it!
Highlights: Rivers of Dust, Afterglow, The Weight of the Night
01. Rivers of Dust
02. Beyond The Pale
03. Far Side Of Your Mind
04. Undead Love
05. Invisible Eyes
06. Burn Babylon Burn!
07. The Only Dead Girl In The City
09. The Weight of the Night