Old Man Lizard, band from Suffolk, UK, released their third album on the last day of November, True Misery. And if there is a good music style to send November away, it’s definitely stoner. What I can say is that it was the right album at the right time at the not so right place. So you might have an idea, imagine an office where the Christmas Songs that shall not be named in this review are there, sounding like the seven trumpets, proclaiming the final judgment. There are only two options, either you submit to the season wave or try to last just a little bit longer. Thanks to Grinch, our Lord, and savior, I happen to have noise cancellation headphones and this album to listen to. They came at the right time to my rescue.
The album starts with a song called “Shark Attack”. Not a bad start and shows exactly what these gentlemen came to do. Pound their guitars and drum set and bass guitar in order to sail among the sharks of this world. There is definitely the repetition of the melody, and yet a rhythm variation that doesn’t make the song all in all boring. “Snakes!!!”, and it seems that the band has a whole thing for dangerous animals attacking, has a sort of variation that merges perfectly in the next track, “Tree of Ténéré”. This is the track that best represents the combination of the diverse talents of the band members. Everything is perfectly coordinated and yet, there are small bits that you can recognize that they are individuals. “Trees fall down” has the same swing, a full on instrumental beginning, with the shouting of “trees fall down!” in the middle of the song. It got me thinking there wouldn’t be words at all, but hey! It works. Not much complicated might even seem over simplistic but does exactly what I what I expect. Set me in the mood for getting stuff done like going to the woods and chop some trees.”Cursed Ocean, Relentless Sea” has the best guitar solo of the album, and it’s a fairly long song, with “Misery is Miserable” being just a bit longer. The ending track, “Return to Earth”, sets it. Now it’s clear, this represents individuals running from land to sea and back to land.
Jack Newham – Guitar & Vocals
Gav Senior – Bass
Dan Beales – Drums
03.Tree Of Ténéré
04.The Adventures Of Rupert Biggins
05.Trees Fall Down
06.Cursed Ocean, Relentless Sea
07.Misery Is Miserable
08.Return To Earth
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