Nest of Vipers (Small Stone Recordings)
release date: 6/12/2012
by Scott Hefflon
All nine songs of Greenleaf‘s latest and greatest. Greenleaf is a “supergroup” of underground stoner rock veterans. Members may rotate, the music may shift slightly as The Muse tickles them here and there, but the ’70s rock template is pretty solidly in place. From the opening riff of “Jack Staff” to the closing eight-minute opus, “Nest of Vipers (a Multiple of Sins),” you get live-sounding guitar and bashing, like Mastodon without the need to throw the horns and show they’ve still got a pair, and plenty of manly “whoas” that don’t need a Misfits hook to hang its trucker hat on.