Swedish heavy rockers Greenleaf will issue their sixth album, Rise Above the Meadow, on Feb. 26, and of all the albums being released in the early part of next year, it stands among the most intriguing. The long-running-but-recently-more-actively-touring outfit issued their fifth outing, Trails and Passes (review here), in 2014 via Small Stone, and in addition to being their debut on Napalm Records, Rise Above the Meadow‘s quick turnaround time of two years will match the shortest of the band’s career, which taken in context with all the touring they’ve done this year and will continue to do up to and through the new record’s release — they’re on the road with Clutch next month and with labelmates My Sleeping Karma and Mammoth Mammoth after that (info here) — only emphasizes how much of a full-time act they’ve become.
Add to that that this will be their first album without Bengt Bäcke on bass, who along with guitarist Tommi Holappa was for years a calm center in a tempest of lineup changes, and their second with vocalist Arvid Jonsson, and the potential for development in a group dynamic is many-layered. Fortunately they’re beginning from one of heavy rock and roll’s most reliable starting points, which is Holappa‘s songwriting.
Cover art for this one is by Sebastian Jerke, who seems to have become something of an in-house presence for Napalm (and deservedly so), also doing choice 2015 covers for Ahab and My Sleeping Karma. Album particulars and preorder links follow:
GREENLEAF – Unveil Album Details!
Swedish Stoner Rock Veterans GREENLEAF return with a timeless new album Rise Above The Meadow – set to be released on February, 26 via Napalm Records!
“We feel real good about the album, it’s a mix of the best stuff Greenleaf have to offer. Imagine an epic bulldozer crushing thru a beautiful field of daisies. That’s kind of how it sounds. I like to call it the: “The Heavy, Heavy One”.”
GREENLEAF are known for interweaving playfully progressive parts that melt into thunderous riffing, while taking their classic stoner foundation onto weird and wonderful new journeys! GREENLEAF have been invading your dreams for well over a decade, and now know exactly what you need – this highly melodic rock masterpiece is the spark to light your fire! A must have for fans of: Clutch, The Sword, Weedeater, Sleep, and Queens of The Stone Age!
1. A Million Fireflies
2. Funeral Pyre
4. Golden Throne
5. Carry Out The Ribbons
6. Levitate And Bow (Pt. 1 & 2)
7. You’re Gonna Be My Ruin
8. Tyrants Tongue
10. High And Low (Bonus Track)
Pre-Orders are available now: http://shop.napalmrecords.com/catalogsearch/result/?cat=0&q=greenleaf
GREENLEAF are on tour as support of Clutch in December:
01.12.15 DK – Aarhus / Voxhall
02.12.15 SE – Goteborg / Tragarn
03.12.15 SE – Stockholm / Debaser Medis
04.12.15 DK – Copenhagen / Vega
06.12.15 NL – Drachten / Iduna
07.12.15 DE – Marburg / KFZ
08.12.15 NL – Amsterdam / Paradiso
10.12.15 UK – Manchester / The Ritz
11.12.15 UK – Wolverhampton / Wulfrun Hall
12.12.15 UK – London / Shepards Bush Empire
26.12.15 DE – Hamburg / Sankt Hell
27.12.15 DE – Dresden / Scheune
28.12.15 DE – Düsseldorf / Pitcher
29.12.15 DE – Karlsruhe / Alte Hackerei
30.12.15 CH – Olten / Coq d’Or