Graham Reid | | <1 min read
Here however is kettle of entirely different meat: a power trio of fiery guitarist Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen, bassist Ellen Brekken and drummer Ivar Joe Bjornstad.
Somewhat akin to Rune Grammofon's power-jazz trio Elephant 9 – but as filtered through Led Zepp, jazz fusion and Kerrang! – Smells Funny aims high and wide as Mollestad confirms her place on a cover of Guitar Player and The Wire equally.
She plays on the precipice of hard rock – with a very powerful and distinctive tone – and free jazz sometimes and on this, the trio's sixth album apparently, dial things down into a hard-edge melodic and slow burn of Jurasek.
But mostly this can come of like Seventies Al di Meola channeling John McLaughlin at his most rocking (on the paint-stripping Sugar Rush Mountain), Tony Iommi when angered on Bewitched Dwarfed and Defeathered, or Hendrix winding up for a big one on the eight minute free-form Lucidness . . .
Okay, Kerrang!, Guitar Player, power trio, Led Zepp, Sabbath . . .
Get the picture?
Not for the faint-hearted.