Mad Lee Riot - 'Terra In Cognito' (Liquorpond St Productions) Print E-mail
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Written by David Prince   
Saturday, 24 April 2010 04:50

madleeriotMad Lee Riot are a Swedish band who cite Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Rolling Stones, Mark Lanegan, Pixies, Guns N' Roses, Nirvana, Frank Black, TSOL, The Beatles, QOTSA, STP, The Hellacopters, Gluecifer, Jeff Buckley, Ed Harcourt, Foo Fighters, Entombed, Gutter Twins, PJ Harvey, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Kings Of Leon and Led Zepplin as their influences and show some of these bands in their sound although I feel the band have more of a classic rock sound with slight grunge tendencies. 


The production isn't that great which hinders this debut release for the band. To be honest I cannot hear half of those influences in the band's sound. The first band that springs to my mind when opening track 'The Fall' kicks in is Moist who were a watered-down Pearl Jam.

One of the best songs on 'Terra In Cognito' is the lead single 'The Gorilla'. The 3 piece band rock up a storm on this track and therein lies the problem - the rest of the album falls somewhat flat after the second track. The worst track on here is their cover of 'Toxic' by Britney Spears which, to me, could actually win the accolade of worst cover of all time. WHY?


Mad Lee Riot is a band I will look at again just to keep an eye out for any future songs. The potential is there but will they find the  right person to take them to the next level.