Since forming in Stockholm, Sweden in 2017, Heavy Feather have tapped into a strong vein of songwriting as they follow up their 2019 debut album Debris and Rubble with the 2021 release Mountain Of Sugar, out via The Sign Records. Coming over like a modern-day Blue Cheer crossed with the quirkiness of Monster Magnet, the album begins with the stoner rock ’30 Days’. Dynamics stomp like Godzilla on a bad day as bass guitar from Morgan Korsmoe shakes the foundations. bullish guitar riffing from Matte Gustafsson is pinned down by the powerhouse drumming of Ola Goransson and the delightfully howled lead vocals of Lisa Lystam. It ends on tribal beats and strong backing vocals.

Bass guitar runs riot throughout Bright In My Mind as guitar weaves around its thunder as vocals light the fuse with long notes ending on a spacey guitar solo. Love Will Come Easy is crunchy, heavy blues peppered with southern rock guitar touches and a sultry vocal adds a passionate smolder. Title track Mountain Of Sugar has catchy but still brick heavy grooves that gallop along on an all-consuming pummel offset by bursts of harmonica. Earthmoving drum patterns propel Too Many Times along that hold the fort as raucous riffing and raunchy vocals impress.

A moment of calm comes from the soul-searching balladry of ‘Let It Shine’, a song of dazzling beauty. Come We Can Go screams “more cowbell“. It’s all rabid rabble-rousing rock and roll with helium fuelled vocals. Sometimes I Feel is another tearjerker as aching vocals and piercing guitar lines set the scene for some foot-tapping rhythms as orchestral strings precede a laid-back guitar solo.

Lovely Lovely Lovely is summed up by its title for some sleazy soul and air guitars are a must for the fretboard burning outro. Choral-like vocals in Rubble are backed by inventive drum patterns and some of the grooves brought to mind Space Truckin by Deep Purple.page1image3661737808

This fiery album ends all too soon as Asking In Need is another beautiful ballad. Angelic vocals fly skywards backed by touches of piano and a skin-shivering guitar solo.

Words by Dennis Jarman