GRETA VAN FLEET || The Battle at Garden's Gate
If you're here for more Led Zeppelin rehash/re-enactments, you're in luck: They indulge that thirst a few times (“Built By Nations”). But they've also expanded the menu to include other flavors of classic, heavy-rock bands. Beyond the Robert Plant/Led Zep tributes, Josh Kiszka and his mates issue sounds that resemble other heavyweights, like Rush, Slade, bits of Yes (when Kiska's falsetto goes into overdrive) and a hair-metal band or two (like Europe).
The execution is lean and spot-on – flawless, you could say. But that can't repair what ails “Garden's Gate” over the course of 12 songs and 63 minutes. including the dynamic but slow-moving closer, “The Weight of Demons,” which clocks in at nearly 9 minutes: The songwriting lacks innovation, definition, punch, flair or any sense of new or inspired direction.