Band of Skulls
Himalayan - SHANGRI-LA
FILTER Grade: 81%
By Angela Ratzlaff on April 7, 2014
Band of Skulls’ third studio album, Himalayan, starts out strong. “Asleep at the Wheel” rides heavy bass riffs reminiscent of Queens of the Stone Age’s desert rock. Echoed vocals soar through choruses and fuzzy guitar keeps the whole ship anchored. That thick, ’70s rock energy dies out a bit, however, when an onslaught of ballads lulls the record. Songs like “Cold Sweat” and “Toreador” force overly tweaked, retouched and obviously catchy hooks down our throats. Luckily, that buzzkill dissolves with the thumping psych-blues of “Brothers and Sisters,” fortifying Himalayan with a rock- solid foundation.