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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Bigtone Records artist: Atomic Road Kings - Clean Up The Blood - New release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Clean Up The Blood, from Atomic Road Kings and it's killer. Opening with I've Got Time, Big Jon Atkinson is upfront on vocal joined by Eric Von Herzen on harp and Danny Michel on lead guitar, backed by Bill Stuve on bass, and Malachi Johnson on drums. With it's quiet, suspenseful pace and full bodied guitar work from Michel, this is a great start. With the heaviness of Dazed and Confused by Michel on guitar and hot lead by Tony Delgado, under the smoky riffs of Von Herzen,  Rumors will have you gasping for breath. Excellent! With it's Latin styling and surf like guitar riffs by Atkinson, Have Your Way is a cool track. The solid bass line and cool cymbal work is perfect. Atkinson's echo saturated wailing on guitar on title track, Clean Up The Blood, supporting his own solid vocal and eerie harp work by Von Herzen makes this an excellent lead track for the release. Vibrations is a slinky track with cool lead vocals by Big Jon, fat guitar soloing by Michel and excellent piano work by Bob Welch. Wrapping the release is Back Down South with a swampy Muddy Waters feel. Saturated harp tones by Von Herzon really gives this track heat and Atkinson's vocals confirm this excellent closer for a really strong release.

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