Third album from what if Black Sabbath but afrobeat band Here Lies Man. Of they've got the riffs alright, riffs aplenty. It's the rhythms that are so strikingly different. You probably won't hear Bill Ward bashing out the beats on No Ground To Walk Upon. In sum they're a party band who've managed to sneak in a bit of the the ol' \m/. Very tasty.
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Dinked Edition purple & orange swirl vinyl LP incl. tote bag, Here Lies Man patch and signed band photo. Hand-numbered edition of 400 copies.
A very interesting prospect this one, Here Lies Man make afrobeat viewed through the prism of classic heavy rock; less William Onyeabor more William Manowar (that won't happen again, I'm sorry. This album doesn't sound anything like Manowar). The record is called 'No Ground To Walk Upon' and it's a proper hoot.
The fusion of heavy rock/metal and afrobeat works surprisingly well. I shouldn't be surprised as bands such as King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard and Boy Azooga have made albums that sound a little bit like this over the years, but never has a band so concisely drawn out the key elements of both genres and applied as well as Here Lies Man. They utilise the chanted vocals of heavy metal, the hectic peripheral percussion of afrobeat, and the tight song structures of both genres.
This is a great summer-y record containing a solid synthesis of both first-wave British heavy rock and classic afrobeat.
P.S. William Ozzybor (I can only apologise).
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