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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Provogue Records artist: The Apocalypse Blues Review - New Release Review

I just received the newest self titled release from The Apocalypse Blues Review and they have style. Opening with Evil Is As Evil Does, Ray "Rafer" Cerbone on lead vocal has a great rock voice backed by Tony "Big Tone" Rombola on guitar, Shannon "Apocalypse" Larkin on drums and Brian "Bassgod" Carpenter on bass. Junkie Hell is a smoking blues rocker with a solid bass lead and scorching guitar riffs. Devil Plays Strat has a great bass undertone which sets up nicely with Rafer's Morrison like vocal phrasing, excellent drum work from Larkin and rowdy guitar work from Rombola. Possibly my favorite track on the release. With a cool driving bass line, Whiskey In My Coffee has a strong sense of I Been Down So Long with nicely peppered guitar riffs. With traces of Trower's ethereal guitar work and a bit of more contemporary rock, The Tower is a cool track with strong rock roots. Crossed Over seems to be based on Robert Johnson's Outside Woman Blues with a modern rock grooves. Rombola really digs on this track fanning the flames. Very cool. Blues Are Fallln' From The Sky opens as a shuffle track but slows to a really nice blues grind featuring some of Rombola's most soulful riffs. Excellent! With a Big Brother like drum riff, Work In Progress, develops into a cool rocker with solid work by the entire group. Really great drum work by Larkin pushes The Devil In Me, giving Rafer and Rombola a hot platform to work their magic. Very nice. Opening with acoustic guitar work by Cerbone, Blue Cross develops into a cool rocker with a firm bottom and crisp guitar work by Rombola. Larkin takes an opportunity to throw out some interesting percussion riffs to close this track. Wrapping the release is The Door's When The Music's Over. Rafer actually sounds quite similar to Morrison and the band's delivery is solid and respectful.

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