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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Blues Bureau International artist: Stoney Curtis Band - Halo Of Dark Matter - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Halo Of Dark Matter, from Stoney Curtis Band is it's a solid rocker. Opening with Pure Greed, Curtis puts out a steady blues rocker with a hard bottom and a grinding guitar tone. Curtis lays down some really nice riffs here and this track definitely has airwaves appeal. Grifter is a super track and one of my favorites on the release. A cool guitar hook and strong drum rhythms by Jeff Tortora create a nice open space for Curtis and his solo chops. I Can't Live My Life This Way is a modern day blues rocker along the lines of Help Me, a classic blues number. A driving beat and super guitar riffs make this another of the more memorable tracks on the release. You Don't Know What You're Talking About is a great 2 stepper along the lines of Hot Legs or Keep Your Hands To Yourself with plenty of enthusiasm and sting. Deja Vu is a really super slow blues track giving Curtis the opportunity to really wail on guitar. Barry Barnes lays down a nice bass line and Michael Lardie adds depth with keys. Another of the best tracks on the release. The title track, Halo Of Dark Matter, is a blues based rock track with heavy overtones. Vocal blending gives this track a distinctive sound. Ice Cold Beer is a country influenced rocker and with it's upbeat tempo and party nature is bound to make it a listener favorite. Hard Livin' has a great blues trunk with a great musical tension. Another of my favorites on the release, this track has some smoking guitar riffs.. and I mean smoking! The release is wrapped by In The Shadows, a modest ballad. Curtis brings the vocals to the front on this track which is mostly backed by guitar arpeggios. This is a strong outing bu Curtis and company. I liked his last release quite well and I think this one is better.

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