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Greenleaf: Rise Above The Meadow

Album Review

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 Original frontman Oskar Cedermalm (also of Truckfighters) has been replaced by little-known Arvid Johnsson.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. 


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