CHEROKEE – Wakan Tanka Nici Un

CHEROKEE - Wakan Tanka Nici Un
  • 8/10
    CHEROKEE - Wakan Tanka Nici Un - 8/10


Dying Victims Productions
Release date: April 9, 2018

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One minute twenty seconds into Wakan Tanka Nici Un, the new four song EP release from Cherokee, listeners might wonder if they accidently put on an early Thin Lizzy album. “Ethelred Hero of Trist” eases into the sound pool with a warm melodic intro before kicking into the classic galloping twin guitar and bass rhythm common to many great Lizzy tracks. Then the vocals arrive, and as Laura Vesprini’s rasp is unlikely to be confused with Phil Lynott’s mellow soul, and the listener knows they aren’t exclusively in Lizzy country anymore.

Vesprini belts it out with great emotion on the entire album, and she hits a good groove on the uptempo closer “Firewater”, but there are moments where her voice is thin or she’s not delivering with the confidence that she demonstrates in other passages. Possibly this stems from the band’s ability to replicate the Thin Lizzy sound so perfectly—on “The Yellow King”, axmen Simon Siantidis and Alexander Beda Maria Kleusc channel Jailbreak-era Robertson and Gorham in a way that is almost spooky. Or possibly it is a production issue—on their other release, the six-song live in the studio One Take, No Dubs, No Mix…, Vesprini nails the performance with equal power to the band.

Either way, whatever the soft spots Wakan Tanka Nici Un should not be overlooked. The musicianship is quite stellar; the rhythm section (a pair of Fabians; Kampa on skins and Albet Dey on bass guitar) moves with a fluid unhurried grace that allows the guitarists to weave a rich sonic tapestry over the top, and the songs themselves are artfully constructed and catchy; hopefully a full-length will follow.



  • Daniel Waters

    Daniel was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. Iron Maiden’s Piece Of Mind wasn’t the first Metal album he owned, but it was the one that lifted the lid off his soul when he received the record as a gift on his 15th birthday. He's been a Metal fan ever since. He's probably best known as the author of various Young Adult novels such as the Generation Dead series and the ghost story Break My Heart 1,000 Times, now also a major motion picture entitled I Still See You, starring Bella Thorne. Writing and music, especially Heavy Metal music, has always been inextricably linked in his mind and career. His first paid gig doing any type of writing was for Cemetery Dance, where he wrote a horror-themed music column called Dead Beats, and when he was writing the first Generation Dead novel he had a ritual where he started his writing day with a Metal playlist that kicked off with “Crushing Belial” by Shadows Fall.

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