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Foo Fighters "Congregation" Review: New Song from 'Sonic Highways' Mellows Out with Help from Zac Brown [LISTEN]

 

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Foo Fighters is continuing its Sonic Highways journey across the United States with the release of yet another new song. Today (Oct. 31), Dave Grohl and co. released the Foo's Nashville inspired song, the roaring, classic rock channeling "Congregation."

Featuring some guitar assistance from country rocker Zac Brown (whom Grohl previously worked on for a 2013 Zac Brown Band EP), "Congregation" blends together the lighter side of Foo Fighters with classic Southern rock and the newfound growl and metal direction that Sonic Highways has taken as a whole.

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The energy and tempo of "Congregation" recall heavily of the Foo Fighters' Greatest Hits single "Wheels." Though the song does eventually take that promised left turn at the 3:12 mark, the first half of the song is distinctly a mid-tempo Foo Fighters anthem.

The post-3:12 mark is where "Congregation" really begins to shine and explode. After taking his voice on a relatively smooth journey throughout the beginning of the song, Grohl really lets his signature growl rip, following a lengthy and winding guitar solo.

"And you need blind faith / No false hope, no false hope / Do you have blind faith? / Where is your blind faith? / Open your eyes / Step into the light," Grohl screams near the end of the song.

It's the sort of bold, classically rooted rock statement that really only the Foo Fighters can pull of in 2014, and the band does it well. Combined with previously released Sonic Highways tracks "Something from Nothing" and "The Feast and the Famine," this album is looking to be a standout of the year.

Listen to Foo Fighters' new track "Congregation" below:

"Congregation" is track No. 3 from Foo Fighters' eighth studio album Sonic Highways and was recorded and written in Nashville. Sonic Highways will be released on Nov. 10. The HBO episode highlighting this song will air tonight at 11 p.m.

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