Greta Van Fleet, the new generation rock band from Michigan, recently posted a video on their Instagram account and announced that their highly anticipated new album has just been released and we have gathered the first reviews for you.
Greta Van Fleet was formed in 2012 by the twin brothers Jake and Josh Kiszka, their younger brother Sam, and Kyle Hauch – who was later replaced by the brothers’ close friend Danny Wagner. The band released their debut album ‘Anthem of the Peaceful Army‘ in 2018, and it was a huge success as it became the top-selling album in the United States in its debut week.
In 2020, Greta Van Fleet had released the first single ‘Age of Machine’ from their new album and had announced that ‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate‘ will be released in Spring. With the release of their second single ‘Heat Above,’ the band announced the release date as April 16, 2021, and that day has arrived.
‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate’ features 12 new tracks by Greta Van Fleet, which have been already enjoyed by thousands of people. However, just like every album, GVF’s new one also received some mixed reviews. To begin with, XS Noize described it as an ‘impressive effort’ but went on to say that quite often, the album’s tracks ‘revert to form and lack distinction.’
Kerrang! magazine, on the other hand, rated ‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate’ 4/5 and touched on the album’s nostalgic sound and the fact that it sounds like a record made in simpler times. However, they added that GVF ‘aren’t offering anything innovative or original’ and the reason why fans enjoy it so much it is because it brings the ’70s-’80s rock scene.
Classic Rock magazine, praised Greta Van Fleet for an ‘undeniably more varied sonic palette, even if that just means there are more classic bands that its 12 songs remind you of.’ As for the Rolling Stone, they said that ‘While Greta Van Fleet excels at erecting houses of the retro-rock holy, they struggle a bit at the basics – like memorable songwriting, and especially lyrics.’
Here’s what Greta Van Fleet said in the caption of their recent post:
“Watch as our world has begun. New album, ‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate,’ available now: Link in bio.”
You can check out Greta Van Fleet’s Instagram post and listen to ‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate‘ through Spotify below.