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BAND/AUTHOR:

PRISTINE

(NORWAY)

TITLE:
ROAD BACK TO RUIN
RELEASE DATE:
2019
LABEL:
NUCLEAR BLAST
GENRE:
ROCK
"Powered by an incandescent female organ, "Road Back To Ruin" is the best way to discover Pristine, quite simply what hard bluesy and vintage has offered us the best in a very long time."
CHILDERIC THOR - 13.06.2019 -
We have known for a long time that hard rock combined with blues is perfectly suited to women. The older ones may remember the ephemeral Zephyr with Ritchie Blackmore's future replacement at Deep Purple, Tommy Bolin, the younger ones of the unknown Fuzz Mantra and queens Layla Zoe and Beth Hart in a bluesy rather than hard register. We also think of Blue Pills, for which Pristine heated the halls in 2016. Many people then discovered these Norwegians who simply stole the spotlight from the Swedish headliner.

Pristine is (hard) rock and the best, which evokes both the ardour of Deep Purple and the epic power of Led Zeppelin. Imagine Black Country Communion replacing Glenn Hughes with an amazing singer and you will then get a pretty good picture of what "Road Back To Ruin" contains. Combining energy and emotion, all wrapped in a warm and cozy but authentically rock sound, the successor to "Ninja" who, two years ago, had slightly disappointed, has serious assets to be at the top of the podium of the best records of the year 2019. Rich in eleven pieces, its menu exudes a force as furious as it is communicative, which both makes you want to move mountains and releases a pleasant warmth in your lower abdomen. 

Orgasmic, the opus distributes striking tracks, whether they are fast or more muffled or even reptilian. Thus, to the very effective "Sinnerman" (and its purple-linked organ), "Landside" or this "Dead End" strangely placed at the end of the disc, clings a set of extremely varied compositions but which all have in common the same passionate strength and a painful dramaturgy. 'Road Back To Ruin' is a prisoner of a heavy melancholic gang, 'Blind Spot' shudders under the singer's shocking bullets and 'Cause And Effect' marries the heartbreaking features of a bluesy power ballad on which Gary Moore's ghost hangs. Alongside these epic flights are more bare breaths ('Aurora Skies','Your Song') or more creeping projections, juicy mid-tempo where a nervous guitar responds to wet keyboards ('Pioneer'), where the silky atmospheres blend into a earthy substrate ('The Sober'). 

This owner's tour would of course not be complete without highlighting Heidi Solheim's formidable performance, which combines raging energy and stunning beauty with her warm timbre that combines the hardness of hard-Rock, the delicacy of blues and the softness of soul. Her partners set her up a bed in which she can flourish, as witnessed by this "Bluebird" where she plays with the Hammond organ on a background of Zeppelin rhythmic and gospel choirs. 

Powered by an incandescent female organ, "Road Back To Ruin" is the best way to discover Pristine, quite simply what hard bluesy and vintage has offered us the best in a very long time.  

More informations on https://www.facebook.com/pristineband/

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SIMILAR BANDS

DEEP PURPLE, LED ZEPPELIN, GARY MOORE, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, LAYLA ZOE

TRACK LISTING

01. Sinnerman
02. Road Back To Ruin
03. Bluebird
04. Landslide
05. Aurora Skies
06. Pioneer
07. Blind Spot
08. The Sober
09. Cause And Effect
10. Your Song


LINEUP

Espen Elverum Jakobsen: Guitares
Gustav Eidsvik: Basse
Heidi Solheim: Chant
Ottar Tøllefsen: Batterie
Racha Rizk: Chant / Invité


TAGS:
Bluesy, Female voice
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