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Release date: 31 March 1976
Style: Progressive hard rock, Heavy metal


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01. Achilles Last Stand
02. For Your Life
03. Royal Orleans
04. Nobody's Fault But Mine
05. Candy Store Rock
06. Hots On For Nowhere
07. Tea For One

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"Hots On for Nowhere" indeed. It seems the legendary Zeppelin burnt out the better part of their creative fuel for the successful double-album Physical Graffiti, and took quite a fall with 1976's Presence.

The band's seventh album kicks off with a dark ten-minute stomper that doesn't develop a whole lot but is still pretty good. It could very nearly be called heavy metal - something here instantly reminds me of the galloping style of Steve Harris but I'm not quite sure if it's JPJ's bass or something else. Robert Plant does a fine job similar to the previous few albums, while Jimmy Page delivers some truly great guitaring and Bonham gives a blistering performance on the drums. After this opener though, most of the songs could be considered filler. Tracks 2-6 are laidback rockers around the style of earlier hits "The Ocean" and "Custard Pie" but here are overlong and less successful. The riffs just don't stick like they used to, the structures are poor with un-rhythmic pauses and loads of unnecessary repetition, there's no lyrical spark like what appears in "No Quarter" and "Stairway", and - perhaps most disappointing of all - there are no shattering solos to be found. Closing track "Tea for One" sounds like a watered-down "Since I've Been Loving You" mixed with a hint of "No Quarter", inexplicably leaving out the explosions of brilliance from these earlier masterpieces. Its darkness and heaviness would normally have placed it among my favourite tracks but ultimately it's just too boring.

published 05.09.2007 | Comments (4)

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elekctric - 12.02.2010 at 17:42  
Rating: 10 I think i may be the only Zeppelin Fan around who loves this album ... another album that flows for me ... never a skip
Aetherius - 17.10.2010 at 02:11  
Rating: 8 'Achilles Last Stand' is certainly a great piece of music!
Venator - 17.06.2011 at 00:26  
  "Nobody's Fault But Mine" is one of my favorites
musicalkaratekid - 23.01.2012 at 22:49  
Rating: 8 A slightly underrated album, but it must have been mind-numbingly difficult to try and do an album one year after the magnum opus that was 'physical graffitti'. This album has one amazing song-'Achilles' last stand', and the others just seem to plod on endlessly, but the awe-inspiring songwriting isn't absent, thankfully.
JohnDoe - 29.03.2012 at 01:11  
Rating: 8
Written by elekctric on 12.02.2010 at 17:42

I think i may be the only Zeppelin Fan around who loves this album ... another album that flows for me ... never a skip

no, you are not, i love this album as well.
Azarath - 29.03.2012 at 19:25  
Rating: 8 Sure, it's their second weakest album but it has 3 amazing classics (Achilles Last Stand, Nobody's Fault But Mine and Tea For One).
elekctric - 30.03.2012 at 08:08  
Rating: 10 All i know is it is seriously underrated ....
Mountain King - 13.04.2014 at 20:15  
  Tea for one is a good piece. Listen to it and have a Jack Daniels or something...

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