Wednesday, April 6, 2016

New Blues Revolution - Hellendale and Back - New release review

I just received the newest release, Hellendale and Back from New Blues Revolution and it's diverse and interesting. Opening with Souls On Fire, lead by Bill Grisolia on lead vocal, joined by Chap Cooper on guitars, Roger Beall on drums and Bob Burns on bass, creates a solitude but heavy track with traces of Jim Morrison, Zack Wilde and Alice Cooper. With the paired drone bass notes, Burns holds the bottom tight and Cooper creates a swirling guitar aura. Whiskey Town retains much of the easy attack darkness of BLS with cleverly woven guitar riffs and subdued rhythms. Black Widow opens up with a cool walking bass line and slick guitar riff. With a lighter attack and a more deliberate rock approach, this track has great dynamics and cool radio appeal. Surf slanted Baby Blue doesn't use any of the classic surf guitar riffs but the feel is there and cleanly stroked bass and guitar lines along with the simple drum lines and brighter vocals give this track more of a poppy feel. Wrapping the release and my favorite track on the release is Sunset Psycho Twang clocking in at over 5 minutes. This track has an airy Jeff Beck (or Pink Floyd if you prefer) feel that builds tension throughout with dynamic, well placed guitar lead over a very staid rhythm. This is a really cool track and a solid finisher for New Blues Revolutions newest effort.

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