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A shot for anyone who likes a bit of Hammond in their Rock.

Juicyfur are a band now bursting out of Norway with their self-titled debut album. Kicking around since 2010, they bring the Hammond Organ centre stage in their Bluesy blend of edgy Hard Rock and smooth, Psychedelic tones. The technicality of the Psychedelic genre isn't present but the rich, velvety texture makes for an invigorating debut.

Opener 'Another Kind Of Story' blasts out rough riffs, weaving in out of the honeyed-tones of the Hammond. One might go so far as to call it a "juicy" sound... Vocalist Martin Frøland is almost soulful, playing with pitch and booming out in all the right places. He isn't afraid to delve into heavier genres either, pushing out a scream in 'The Stranger' and growling out angry verses in the short 'The Horde Is My Shepherd'.

'Once By The Beach' shows that while organ is far more prominent here than in most bands, it by no means dominants unjustly. This atmospheric track conjures up the desert, with a Western twang and shimmers of guitar licks like a mirage. The title track embodies Juicyfur's sound the best; Hammond Organ as the bedrock of the riff with edgy guitar waltzing all over the top, the two joining together for oft-staccato, though sometimes repetitive riffs. It's a simple sound; both guitar and organ lack particularly complex or memorable solos or riffs but the music is spiced with grooves, vocal licks and changes in texture.

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'Rock 'N' Rolla' is one of the more conventional but enjoyable tracks on the album, rollicking and edgy, but again relying on riffs that soon become dragging on the melody. 'Enoument' is melodic and haunting, a sound that suits the Hammond well, as guitarist Daniel Dahle Johansen slithers and slides in and out of Frøland's increasingly anguished vocals. 'Resolution' closes the album as it opened, with Church-like organ; an ode to Juicyfur's use of this versatile instrument but not exactly a tribute to the wild abandon poured into their music.

There are better examples of technical skill out there, and how to use a Hammond Organ, but this band sure shows a fun and furious way of incorporating keys into Hard Rock. Juicyfur go for it with no bounds or barriers on their sound, flicking between instrumental tracks, Screamo and straight-up Rock 'n' Roll. Fans of Deep Purple might enjoy the obvious influence here, but a shot for anyone who likes a bit of Hammond in their Rock.

Sophie Brownlee

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