Puta Volcano ‘Amma’
Album Review By Adam McCann
Independent Release/Alternative Rock/Grunge/Stoner
Pulling themselves out of the quagmire of indistinguishable line of indie bands, Puta Volcano set about creating their own identity pretty quickly by combining heavy riffs and melancholic melodies throughout their debut and sophomore albums. After creating a solid fanbase in their home country, this year has the Greek band returning, attempting to enter the international scene with their third studio album ‘Amma’.
There is something instantly likeable about ‘Amma’, it is an album which throws up the nostalgia of 90’s alternative rock, particularly that of the Seattle sound, mixed with the heavy aspect of the Californian desert sound. This is an album which is not the three chord, quiet verse, loud chorus mastered by the likes of Mudhoney and Nirvana; instead ‘Amma’ oozes with forlorn harmonies led by the enigmatic Anna Papathanasiou that are comparable to Alice In Chains, whilst the driving bass guitar has all the raw power of Kyuss and Fu Manchu juxtaposed with the spiky, staccato guitar riffs of Smashing Pumpkins in their prime. However, ‘Amma’ is not an album trapped in 1995, far from it, there is a contemporary edge to their album which brings it kicking and screaming into the modern era as songs such as ‘Black Box’, ‘Entropica’ and ‘Torus’ allow this album to easily appeal to fans of rock, metal, punk and indie.
‘Amma’ sets up Puta Volcano nicely to take on the international circuit and with some key dates coming up, the band could find themselves clutching at stardom.
Rating : 80/100
MHF Magazine/Adam McCann