Greta Van Fleet – Black Smoke Rising

L-R: Sam Kiszka, Josh Kiszka, Danny Wagner, Jake Kiszka. Photo: Michael Lavine
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Greta Van Fleet is an American Rock band that is made up of Joshua Kiszka (vocals), Jacob Kiszka (guitar), Samuel Kiszka (bass), and Daniel Wagner (drums). They recently released their debut four song EP, Black Smoke Rising. If you’re looking for an awesome debut to listen to, this is it.

It’s hard to put together a long detailed review when something this solid and epic. So this will be short. Get this EP. No joke. From the opening of “Highway Tune”, you are going be blown away. The sound is hard, bluesy, fresh sounding good old rock and roll. “Safari Song” is a mellow track, but not too low to be boring or dull.

“Flower Power” shows off the vocal ability of Joshua and the stellar acoustic playing of Jacob. Rounding out the EP is the title track “Black Smoke Rising” which is filled with moody guitar playing, powerful and soulful vocals and is a perfect choice as a closing song.

The band plays flawlessly and they have some seriously powerful songs. The only thing disappointing about this release is that it’s only an EP! Other than that, it’s a perfect 10…..do yourself a favor and get it! You will be forever happy that you did.

Review by Mike Baltierra

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