Greta Van Fleet - The Battle at Garden's Gate
On April 16, 2021 "Greta Van Fleet" released their second album "The Battle at Garden's Gate".
In 2017 they released two EPs, the "Black Smoke Rising" & "From the Fires" which launched their amazing single "Highway Tune" and another great one the "Safari Song".
They managed to have a blasting breakthrough thanks to their 70s classic rock sound and they're very famous compared to Led Zeppelin, vibes.
A year later they debuted the album "Anthem of the Peaceful Army" to rise to stardom setting the world ready in 2019 for their "March of the Peaceful Army World Tour", performing in North America, Europe, and Australia.
During that year they paused to record their next album, this album. On a break of two months during their world tour they took the well-known producer Greg Kurstin, which you probably remember from the "Kurstin x Grohl: The Hanukkah Sessions", and who produced the Foo Fighters' latest album "Medicine at Midnight" and enter the studio.
They recorded 12 tracks that flow between their distinguished classic 70s rock to a grunge/post-grunge dynamic. From a first glimpse, it sounds like the Kiszka brothers & Wagner took the slow and long way home. They polished their technical talents with their instruments, doing worldwide performances, establishing great confidence, a talent they want to show off. No significant catchy, strong beat songs but more free-flowing jam sessions or psychedelic trips.
On the lyrics side, when the first single "My Way, Soon" came out, they said that they are strongly influenced by the experiences and emotions they had on their tour. visiting different countries and different cultures, made them think and reflect on different ideas.
This album is without a doubt the beginning of an attempt to break away from the sound of "Led Zeppelin", from which the band was accused of copying. "The Battle at Garden's Gate" introduces us to a band that seeks out its identity, tries to solidify its sound, and presents an aspiration to bring "classic rock" back to its natural place.
So if you guys dig the 70s "classic rock", this band can drive you crazy. And even if you do not have 64 free minutes, do yourself a favor and at least listen to the epic "Broken Bells", or at least to "Tears of Rain" whose chord progression in the opening is a bit reminiscent of "Hotel California", we promise you will not regret it.
Listen to the album on Spotify.