Sunday, June 23, 2024

Molly Karloff scale new heights on Breaking Out

This powerful Oxford-based trio, known as Molly Karloff, comprising Simon Gee (vocals, guitar), Dan Podbery (bass) and Jowie Adkins (Drums) at last follow up their excellent Supernaturalation EP (about which, our esteemed Senior Writer, Paul H Birch said “Mildly contagious, heavy like a well-swung hammer, there’s still a freshness permeated throughout” – see the full review here) with a full album of hard-hitting rockers.

Called Breaking Out, it has ten powerful songs musically and lyrics that bite the arse of those that deserve it! Opening with ‘You Don’t Know My Name’, their brand of 70s-tinted heavy rock is to the fore – melody and majestic guitars combine brilliantly. Similarly, ‘In The Night’ and ‘Higher Than The Sun’ rock like rocky things… then they throw a subtle hint of funk into the lovely ‘Faceless’. ‘Cult Of Personality’ (not that one) has that funk hint again as the lyrics burn with truth backed by the best-barred chords you’ll hear this year.

Elsewhere, the clever discord on ‘Black Flame’ shows that they know how to refresh the formula: ‘Automatic’ has a new familiarity and is tinted with prog behind the weight. The album closes as we began with ‘Broken Crown’ and its riff-laden variations leaving you on no doubt that this trio mean business and makes a damn good noise about it.

If there is any justice in this disjointed world, Molly Karloff deserves to rise above the mediocrity that abounds with this excellent slice of fresh, yet nostalgic rock and roll.

Breaking Out is released on 6th October 2023.

Tom Dixon
Tom Dixon
North East born, South West domiciled music lover - mainly heavy rock & blues but not averse to other genres. I'm fortunate to have retired early & I can now take full advantage of the 40+ years I have spent collecting, listening, watching & playing (badly) & have enjoyed researching how blues in particular has shaped the music we know & love today. Now if only I could get my Strat & Musicman to sound in reality how they do in my head!

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This powerful Oxford-based trio, known as Molly Karloff, comprising Simon Gee (vocals, guitar), Dan Podbery (bass) and Jowie Adkins (Drums) at last follow up their excellent Supernaturalation EP (about which, our esteemed Senior Writer, Paul H Birch said “Mildly contagious, heavy like a well-swung...Molly Karloff scale new heights on Breaking Out