Greta Van Fleet: Anthem of the Peaceful Army(2018)


Kinda funny how people’s perceptions can change on a musical act in a year. Case in point those 4 young fellows calling themselves Greta Van Fleet!

When these guys first came out with the Highway Song people were falling all over themselves saying how much it sounded like Zeppelin and blah blah blah.

As an old man I get it! It’s just music but I dug Highway Song and bought not only the EP  but the added songs that they put out later on  From the Fires so I basically bought the thing twice! Smart marketing move…

Still though people were ripping on em. Greta to me has become almost Nickelback like in dissing but then again Kroger has made more than a few zillion nickels in his time so who am I to argue…

Give Van Fleet credit. They continue to do what they do and for that I salute them.

So a few months back fellow blogging pal John T Snow shot me an email asking if i had the new Greta release Anthem of the Peaceful Army. I told John I hadn’t purchased it yet from iTunes so John basically had an extra copy kicking around as he bought 4 tickets to an upcoming show that he’s taking the family too and when he bought 4 tickets they sent him 4 copies of the album. So….

Thanks Mr Snow….

Van Fleet is….

  • Joshua Kiszka – vocals
  • Jacob Kiszka – guitar, backing vocals
  • Samuel Kiszka – bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Daniel Wagner – drums, backing vocals

Let GVF Do The Talking!

1. “Age of Man” 6:06
2. “The Cold Wind” 3:16
3. “When the Curtain Falls” 3:42
4. “Watching Over” 4:28
5. “Lover, Leaver (Taker, Believer)” 6:01
6. “You’re the One” 4:25
7. “The New Day” 3:44
8. “Mountain of the Sun” 4:30
9. “Brave New World” 5:00
10. “Anthem” 4:41
Total length: 45:53

A cool little 10 pack of Hard Blues Rock done right! It’s a good rock record folks and these guys are not reinventing the wheel so to speak.

See the thing is with GVF is with all the singles they have put out on radio I have liked. This album as well as when I first heard When The Curtain Falls I liked that Bass line that drives the tune. Hell even there new single You’re The One for a keyboard driven tune is not too shabby as well.

See I get it when music fans can’t stand to give these guys a chance as they do more than borrow from Led Zeppelin. Granted it doesn;’t help their  cause at the start of the album on the opening tune (Age of Man) the lyrics sung are …

To wonder lands of ice and snow
In the desert heat where nothing grows
A tree of life in rain and sun
To reach the sky it’s just begun

So when your kinda sneaking some Vocabulary from Zeppelin 3 you are gonna  pay for it and these guys I know have gotten demolished in some reviews for doing just this sort of thing.

Its funny though as back in 1988 when I was 21 Kingdom Come released their Bob Rock self titled produced album and at times had some tinges of Zeppelin sprinkled throughout. Back than I dug that K.C album and had some Zeppelin in my collection so to me it was no biggie. I know it bothered the late Great Gary Moore as he wrote a tune about bands wanting to sound like Zep called Led Clones that Gary released back in 1989 on his After The War album… check out these lyrics and while were at it I’ll post Moore’s song below it…

You’ve stolen from the houses of the holy. You’ve rolled into the kingdom of the sain. I heard you on the radio. I saw those crummy videos. I don’t think I can take no more. Led clones, Led clones.

Got to get it on, from the still of the night. But you’re gettin’ it wrong, you know it ain’t right.

Gary got Ozzy Osbourne to do the lead vocals on Led Clones. I bought Gary’s album and when I first heard this tune I thought “Wow! The Dude has it out for Kingdom Come and the 1987-88 Whitesnake  band if anything!”.

I quickly realized why. Gary didn’t make any headway in the North America market at the time(80’s) so maybe he was pissed that a new band comes out called Kingdom Come and goes Gold out of the gate.  Perhaps the video of Whitesnake’s Still of the Night  irked Gary as well especially when Adrian Vandenberg played the solo with a violin bow. Hahaha..

Didn’t Zep borrow from some ol Blues Wizards  themselves? Just Saying..

Perhaps GVF’s are nabbing the young  kids out there  who don’t know about Zeppelin  but perhaps will check them out? Dunno but you never know…

Anyways back to the task at hand…

GVF can play their instruments as they are all very schooled in Old School Rock. That I dig. Their wardrobe I find a bit to over the top silly retro but  I  guess it goes with that throw back sound I suppose.

GVF will figure it out so  give them an album or two more or than again maybe they won’t figure it out!










24 thoughts on “Greta Van Fleet: Anthem of the Peaceful Army(2018)”

    1. Fair enough Scott. I’m curious as well. They are so young and have some decent chops so perhaps another album or 3 (ha) they will find there own niche..
      I just hope the Lead Singer chills out vocally as at times he sings real high and we all know what happens when dudes hit there old age how the voice goes..
      Unless your the Air Raid Siren that is!


      1. It’s his voice that puts me off. Too shrill. I reckon he’ll get real vocal issues if he keeps that up. But yeah, I give them the benefit of the doubt cause of their age, see what happens when they mature!

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      2. Every band is influenced by Zepp, some more than others! I do hope more people give Greta van Fleet a chance, given that the guys are still so young.

        That said, I do find their live performances to be weaker of late. They tend to focus on speed and volume, lacking the passion and soul from folks like Plant and Page. From the videos, it feels like Josh is straining his voice too much.

        Still, it’s good music. I’m looking forward to see how the band grows from here on!

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  1. I don’t get the whole deal about sounding like Zep, yes they do and so the F*#k what!!! They are keeping rock alive and new kids brought in to the fold. Hell, my kids now know who Led Zeppelin are so win, win!! The proof will be in the pudding when I see them live next month. That will be where the rubber meets the road. I will either praise them or crucify them in the review. Also, is thatt enough cliched phrases for you. Nice review Deke!!

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    1. Ha..well played John!
      People complain Rock is dead and along comes kids no less who can play and people go batshit crazy…
      Both of Greta’s albums have gone gold in Canada so they are onto something…
      In 2019 that is no easy feat for any rock act period!


  2. One of the main things I’ve learned from the 1001 list is that everyone seems to have borrowed from someone! And as one of my students observed recently (he was wearing a GVF hoodie), if you’re going to be inspired by someone, wouldn’t LZ be a good choice?!

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    1. Exactly Geoff! Good on that student knowing the value of borrowing from something old yet something new!
      Give him a A plus on his next report whatever it is!
      Good to know some young kids that I alluded too are getting it…musically speaking

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  3. Nice review dude.
    I will say that I do enjoy these lads. I also like Kingdom Come. It seems unfair that Zep got to copy early blues men and stole from Spirit but no one said shit. Then bands do the same to Zep and everyone loses their minds.
    I didn’t mind Nickelback early on. They were not big here, but driving down to Florida all I heard was Nickelback. There were no haters I knew early on. I think that it seems when bands get too huge, the haters come out naturally. Look at Metallica with the Black Album. Great album but tons of hate. As for Nickelback their lyrics turned me off. I can’t say that about Greta. Even if a bit borrowed.

    Greta also have an early Rush sound as well.
    I do enjoy screamers and high pitched vocals so I like the singer. I have heard people rave about their live show too. If they in fact do get better with age the bar will be pretty high.

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    1. Thanks Dude! I think there are worse things to worry about in the world than these guys sounding like Zep!
      I like the fact that they all are skilled on their instruments. I think they will evolve and than the people will complain they miss the Zep vibe!
      Can’t win…haha

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  4. I’m with HMO on this. I’m interested but haven’t committed as yet. What comes next will decide.
    But their voice and style will get a lot of youngsters interested, who have never heard of Led Zep and their is a high chance they probably never will or never want to.

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  5. You make a good case for them, but… they’re not my cup of coffee.

    I’ll judge them when they make album number 2. Right now, I’d much rather listen to Led Zeppelin and music with soul.

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    1. Hahaha….Thanks for reading man…thats the main thing.
      Its a good record with some decent playing but the singer has got to chill out on the vocals man…haha


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