Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Chantel McGregor - Bury'd Alive - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Bury'd Alive from Chantel McGregor and it's a heavy power house blues rocker. Opening with lumbering, Take The Power, Chantel McGregor opens the show with a wall of sound starting with her power chords and solid vocals and backed by Colin Sutton on bass and Thom Gardner on drums. Opening the guitar barrage, McGregor wield her guitar like Thor's axe. Very heavy. Another track with a malicious attack is Caught Out with it's metalesque guitar riffs contrasted by McGregor's rock ready vocals. Sutton really works the bass with power surges and Gardner's drumming technique is tight and powerful. Very Strong. Eternal Dream is an elaborate production, using dynamic tension between the sweetness of McGregor's voice and light acoustic guitar to a heavy, fully loaded, searing, electric guitar with just the right distortion and blues rock riffs over a thumping bass line and drums. Very nice. I particularly like Lose Control for a radio track with it's tight melody and solid guitar riff. Inconsolable is my definite pick on the release for showpiece. Clocking in at over 12 minutes, McGregor sings and plays acoustic guitar over a super bass line by Sutton before starting to work a great blues riff. McGregor has the crowd in her pocket as she pulls out all the stops tearing this crowd a new one. This track is really impressive. Straight forward blues rocker, April is another great showcase for McGregor's guitar flair with a pretty nice long streaming guitar solo over and great bass line by Sutton and a great rhythm by Gardner. Wrapping the release is Freefalling,  a super guitar boogie rocker with contemporary metal like driving guitar riffs. I hear solid rock bands with strong female vocal leaders from time to time and occasionally a solid rhythm section paired with it, but it's a rare commodity to hear both paired with a guitar player who can open the throttle at any time and let loose the wrath of God. Very cool. 

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