Greta Van Fleet
Anthem of the Peaceful Army


1.0
awful

Review

by Simon CONTRIBUTOR (227 Reviews)
October 27th, 2018 | 112 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Candy store rock.

In current times, I don’t think there’s a more polarising rock band at the minute than Greta Van Fleet. Praised and chastised for the very same reasons, Greta Van Fleet’s sonic inventory sits snugly in the pocket of nostalgia rock, and more to the point; 70s hard-rock. And I’d like to say I’m a reasonable human being, I’m all for a good hard-rock act that lays homage to the legends that started it all, but I believe in making things your own. I touched on this briefly awhile back, about the stagnation rock ‘n roll is currently in. I’ve found the underground scenes to be pushing the envelope exponentially, you just have to look in the right places. No, the common problem made by people isn’t the oversaturation of bands sounding derivative, it’s the stemming of its mainstream audience and the failure to embrace evolution. Like or loath NU-metal, it was the last time heavy music saw a real evolution that pushed boundaries for better or worse and it was embraced by the collective masses. Since then, consumers want music that doesn’t come from the conventional rock band, and I believe it’s down to lack of exposure and record label’s inability to take risks these days.

So where am I going with this? Well, Greta Van Fleet is the antithesis of seeing rock flourish again. I don’t want my sentiment to be taken as hyperbole, but things are in a sorry state. Given the success they’re receiving with this plagiarism, it proves my point the mainstream doesn’t want progression, and the record labels making the money aren’t going to look for a band doing something different if the investment isn’t there. It’s a vicious circle the genre is stuck in, with little end in sight. But I don’t speak ill of the band’s achievements, I’m happy for their successes, what irks me is their lazy artistic visions – if you can call them that – being the reason for it. It’s no surprise in revealing who they take their inspirations from, quite honestly, it’s embarrassing. From the band’s appearance, aesthetic and stage gimmicks, to their approach of instrumentation and Josh Kiszka’s vocal work, it’s all an unabashed bootleg of Led Zeppelin’s seminal work. Josh’s bellowing snarls and shrill wails on the likes of “Watching Over” and “When The Curtains Fall” showcase his legitimately impressive vocal range, but goddamn is it an eye bulging shock to the senses when you try to assimilate it not being Robert Plant. The bouncy grooves and tight pocket rhythms ensure the backbone of compositions hold up their meticulous standards of ripping the legends off, while Jake does an exceptional job of replicating every facet of Page’s work; from the crystal clarity of his Marshall stacked screaming tone, right down to his blues solos and riffs.

The irony of course, is when you’re attempting to rip off four of music’s most talented individuals, the cracks are going to reveal themselves. You can sit in a bedroom for 20 years solid learning everything they ever did and buy all the fancy gear, but you can’t attain the heart and feel Led Zeppelin had – money can’t buy that kind of talent and connection. And while these chaps are indeed solid musicians, they lack the fundamental knowledge and talent to bring that level of hypnotism to the table. Anthem Of The Peaceful Army is a half-baked attempt at sounding like their revered idols, which in the end sounds like a calculated and soulless project. All it left me wanting to do was smash on Physical Graffiti to get my cravings fulfilled. Which ultimately brings me on to why I don’t understand the appeal of these guys. If you want Led Zeppelin, go listen to their massive catalogue of classics; if you want to hear them live, go listen to a tribute band that spends all the time and effort replicating them, and actually admits as much. The Darkness is a prime example of a band that takes its love for something and makes something different out of it; this is just a cynical opportunity to capitalise on fans wanting the past, and to my dismay, it's working.

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DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2018


14935 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This didn't need another 1 review, I know. But I had to cleanse my soul.

THVRTVVN
October 27th 2018


452 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

best 1, straight 2 tha point

RippingCorpse1986
October 27th 2018


2911 Comments


I see what you did here with your summary, fella. Love it.

Excellent review as always. I actually recall some guy on the net saying that this would be considered the best ''non-indie'' popular rock album in a few years later...

So... who do you dislike more guys, these boys or Jet???

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2018


14935 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

cheers man.



I hope it reads fair, rather than a rant. They've got skills, but this kind of writing is just dangerous for the genre's progression imo. The success they've garnered kind of condones this type of writing and will have a knock-on effect in the future.

TundraL5Z
October 27th 2018


2053 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

My brother would probably like this (yes this is a shot at my brother) : )

Zig
October 27th 2018


1225 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Is retro music still a thing!?

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sixdegrees
October 27th 2018


4458 Comments


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAUY1J8KizU

Drbebop
October 27th 2018


52 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

You know who likes Greta Van Fleet? Hitler

ChaoticVortex
October 27th 2018


701 Comments


I'm actually a huge fan of bands that emulate classic, 70's hard rock. Expect those bands do it in a way that doesn't comes off as a soulless rip-off. Fuck these guys.

AgentDeathbat
October 27th 2018


4017 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

This is the first ACTUAL review of AOTPA, tbh. The other two are bullshit - one's a hate propaganda piece and the other is a Nietzsche quote, so props.

As for the album... it's okay. Not really the tragedy all the 1's make it out to be, but it's still pretty "eh." I guess it actually being listenable brings my rating up a bit.

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TheLongShot
October 27th 2018


562 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

"Josh’s bellowing snarls and shrill wails on the likes of “Watching Over” and “When The Curtains Fall” showcase his legitimately impressive vocal range, but goddamn is it an eye bulging shock to the senses in an attempt to assimilate it not being Robert Plant."



Too bad his vocal technique is leagues worse than Plant's, and even Plant's technique was notoriously patchy and a large part of the reason why his voice deteriorated very quickly

TheLongShot
October 27th 2018


562 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Also for the record I really like this review (:

SitarHero
October 27th 2018


7339 Comments


Good review. Really captures why this band sucks, although perhaps not as succinctly as AllMusic calling it Led Zep cosplay.

Also, this sentence: "The Darkness is a prime example of a band that takes its love for something and makes something different out of it, this is just a cynical opportunity to capitalise on fans wanting the past, and to my dismay, it's working."

You should break that into two sentences or replace the comma before "this" with a semi-colon. It looks a little bit like you're criticising The Darkness out of nowhere.

Veldin
October 27th 2018


3700 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This can't be that....OH GAWD

Veldin
October 27th 2018


3700 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Would fight these guys, beat their asses, spit on them and exclaim, "moby dick, bitch!"

AgentDeathbat
October 27th 2018


4017 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

THAT unlistenable for you? @Veldin

autoNamed
October 27th 2018


7 Comments


"Greta Van Fleet sound like they did weed exactly once, called the police, and tried to record a Led Zeppelin album before they arrested themselves."

TheBigDirty
October 28th 2018


1 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lmfao, this is not 1 material. just a massive circle-jerk over average music because they're over marketed and hyped.



2.5-2 at worst.

SitarHero
October 28th 2018


7339 Comments


It's the principle. This is more cynically anti-rock ethos than anything Nickleback has ever done.

TheLongShot
October 28th 2018


562 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

"lmfao, this is not 1 material. just a massive circle-jerk over average music because they're over marketed and hyped.



2.5-2 at worst."



subjectivity is a helluva concept brother



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