Band Of Skulls - Himalayan

Phenomenal to begin with, but its impact fades...
Band Of Skulls - Himalayan

Southampton alt-rock troika Band Of Skulls return with more of the unrepentant, bluesy, cocksure rock ‘n’ roll that smeared their last LP, 2012’s ‘Sweet Sour’.

The songs on this third studio album are characterised by AC/DC-like bottled-lightning riffs, lurching tempo changes, and choruses that could trigger a catastrophic avalanche with a sly flick of the finger.

The first half of the LP is phenomenal, ending with the sublime ‘Brothers And Sisters’, ‘Himalayan’’s very own Everest. But unfortunately it’s all downhill thereafter.

Despite some scorching vocal interplay, there’s a noticeable drop in quality on later tracks – less melodic, more contrived – with ‘I Guess I Know You Fairly Well’ notably underwhelming.

6/10

Words: Benji Taylor

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