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Friday, March 27, 2015

Up 2 Zero Entertainment artist: Anthony Gomes - Electric Field Holler - New Release review

I just received the newest release, Electric Field Holler, from Anthony Gomes and it's blistering! Opening with Turn It Up, Gomes sets high expectations with a solid cowbell which tells you right off where the track is going. Hot, stinging and rocking. A modern rocker with a blues root and clearly modern riffs permeate this track. Back Door Scratchin' sets down with a bit more southern rock feel and heavy kick drum bottom by Chad Cromwell. Theo Harden on bass and Cromwell set a heavy stage for Gomes who really throws up the pyrotechnics. Whiskey Train has a real cool swagger and I particularly like Gomes vocals on this track. Particularly bluesy guitar riffs make this one of my favorite tracks on the release. Blueschild is a lumbering heavy rocker with snappy blues guitar riffs. Nowhere Is Home has a simple rock rhythm and tight vocal harmonies with Vicki Hampton, Wendy Moten, Minnie Murphy and Kelly Wild. Cool keyboard effects add to the overall effectiveness of this track. A melodic ballad line on guitar makes this a real standout track. Losing Game is a straight up rocker with a solid bottom. Gomes explodes into the track with flame thrower heat from his guitar giving this track particular sting. The Blues Ain't the Blues No More has a primitive blues feel with acoustic resonator slide work and solo vocals with only minimal percussion. Very nice! Junk In The Trunk is another hard rocker with a straight up kick drum. Fans with a love of blues infused rockers will definitely like this one. Love Crazy has a definite pop feel with smooth vocal harmonies. I really like Cromwell's drum attack and Gomes' vocals on this track definitely radio bound with an interesting blend of key and guitar work. Red Handed Blues, a track with deliberate intention kicks down the doors and rumbles. Gomes has never been shy with his guitar and Red Handed is no exception. Wrapping the release is Listen To The Universe with a great groove. With it's guitar chant sounding heavy like Mountain and overlaid guitar riffs, this track hits home. Pulling out all of the stops Gomes lays down some of the hottest guitar riffs on the release making for a super finale.

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