Leaf Hound where a band from England that played an early form of metal with hard rock elements and this is a review of their 1971 live album "Live in Japan" which was re-issued by Ripple Music during the year of 2014.
The album starts out with a very heavy and melodic proto metal sound along with all of the musical instruments sounding very powerful as well as some clean signing vocals and after awhile solos are added into the music.
As the album continues the band continues their hard rock/proto metal sound and you can really hear the roots of stoner rock in this recording and after awhile acoustic guitars are added into the music briefly before returning to a heavier direction as well as mixing in clean parts at times.
With this album Leaf Hound while mostly coming from a blues/hard rock direction bring a heaviness to the music which was the origins of metal and eventually stoner rock 20 years later and it is good to hear 70s music that is never played on the classic rock stations.
Song lyrics cover everyday themes along with a touch of darkness, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound for the time it was released and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording as well as some of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Leaf Hound where a very great sounding hard rock/proto metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this live album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Barricades" "With A Minute To Go" and "Evil". 8 out of 10.