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Music is never created in a vacuum and each generation adds their own story to this epic soundtrack. Label them how you will: Psychedelic, Retro Rock, Progressive; either way you put it, the Icelandic Power Trio, The Vintage Caravan is a modern-day, certified rock n’ roll powerhouse shoving their own Progressive Rock influences from Classic Rock’s Golden Era in a blender and hitting puree.

Vocalist and guitarist, Óskar Logi Ágústsson and bassist, Alexander Örn Númason have been worshiping the holy trinity of Blackmore, Page & Lifeson since they were both 12 years old. And with the latest inclusion of drummer, Stefán Ari Stefánsson rounding out their ranks, the band returns to reclaim their thrown.

Their fifth studio album, Monuments, continues where the band left off with 2018’s stellar release, Gateways. Every song is well-crafted, complex and massively epic. “Whispers”, the album’s heart-pounding opener is riff-laden and momentous with Ágústsson’s crisp vocals soaring triumphantly over the top. “Crystallized”, “Forgotten” and “Sharp Teeth” summon the essence of Progressive Rock with the same exuberant energy and guitar wizardry as their forefathers. The Vintage Caravan are old souls with access to an incredible time machine, and having decades of inspiration to draw from does not necessarily take away from the originality of their own creation.  Frankly, it just adds vibrancy to their legacy.

The Vintage Caravan continue to surprise and excite with every release since their formation and Monuments is no exception.  Seeing how far they’ve come at such a young age, I have little doubt that they'll only continue upward from here.  Give this one a spin - you will not be disappointed!


Be well and keep rocking!   Hunnypot Approved!     Overall Rating:  8.8 out of 10

Artist:  The Vintage Caravan,  AlbumMonuments  Release Date: April 16th, 2021,   LabelNapalm Records

Raul Soria Jr.

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