Raymond Fiore
April 24, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Unlike fellow Zeppelin disciple Jack White, who exorcises his classic-rock-lovin’ demons to create strikingly stripped and original tunes, Wolfmother unapologetically aim for a superheavy sound circa 1974. A questionable move for these buzzworthy Australians, except that they don’t merely replicate that era’s DNA — they’ve got a flashy supply of Page/Plant-level mojo. From the surplus of bone-crushing riffs (”Pyramid”) to frontman Andrew Stockdale’s urgent Ozzy wail, Wolfmother‘s ultra-confident tracks could unclog rock radio’s weakened arteries.

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