Greenleaf: Rise Above The Meadow
Swedish stoner rockers get stuck in second gear
Originally a side-project for Swedish stoners Dozer, Greenleaf have been going since 1999, and Rise Above The Meadow is their sixth album – not bad for a band never intended as a full-time enterprise.
Original frontman Oskar Cedermalm (also of Truckfighters) has been replaced by little-known Arvid Johnsson. The difference is noticeable, and Arvid is an improvement, lending the lyrics a smoky sense of authority that smacks of Chris Cornell. But despite their credentials and the recent big stage exposure supporting Clutch, Greenleaf aren’t more than the sum of their parts.